Tuesday, 03 July 2001

KYRGYZ PARLIAMENT DEPUTIES BOYCOTT DISCUSSION OF BORDER ACCORDS...

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Not a single parliament deputy attended a 2 July meeting convened by the Human Rights Movement of Kyrgyzstan at which Foreign Minister Muratbek Imanaliev and government official Salamat Alamanov again insisted that the 1996 border agreement with China and the controversial 1999 amendments to it are in Kyrgyzstan's best interest. The Legislative Assembly (the lower parliament chamber) is campaigning for those accords to be annulled. (RFE/RL) KHATAMI DECLARES WAR ON ILLEGAL TRADE 3 July President Mohammad Khatami of Iran has vowed to root out smuggling of goods into the country, which is estimated to cost Iran two-billion dollars every year.
Not a single parliament deputy attended a 2 July meeting convened by the Human Rights Movement of Kyrgyzstan at which Foreign Minister Muratbek Imanaliev and government official Salamat Alamanov again insisted that the 1996 border agreement with China and the controversial 1999 amendments to it are in Kyrgyzstan's best interest. The Legislative Assembly (the lower parliament chamber) is campaigning for those accords to be annulled. (RFE/RL) KHATAMI DECLARES WAR ON ILLEGAL TRADE 3 July President Mohammad Khatami of Iran has vowed to root out smuggling of goods into the country, which is estimated to cost Iran two-billion dollars every year. He said the fight against the illegal trade would form a crucial part of his second term in office. Mr Khatami has asked the intelligence service to investigate the problem. Reformist politicians have accused conservatives of being behind the trade, with the aim of undermining Mr Khatami's government. The President's opponents have challenged him to name those responsible. The smuggled goods include alcohol, cigarettes, household appliances and electronic equipment. (BBC)
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