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Cental Asia

29.10.2009

Astana, 29 October (AKI) - By Josephine McKenna - Major Italian companies including Finmeccanica and ENI are among 13 leading firms that will benefit from new bilateral accords expected to be announced between Italy and Kazakhstan next week. Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev, is due to meet prime minister Silvio Berlusconi on a two-day visit to Italy on 4 November.

29.10.2009

Kyrgyzstan's government has announced its resignation, as a result of President Kurmanbek Bakiyev's call for sweeping reforms.

"Today the full cabinet submitted its resignation," spokesman Marat Kadyraliyev told reporters.

Mr Bakiyev has recently discussed making major changes to the Kyrgyz government to increase his own power.

Mr Bakiyev was re-elected in July, after a vote which was criticised by Western election monitors.

29.10.2009

Natalia Anurova-Shabunts, a citizen of both Turkmenistan and Russia, wrote an article for Ferghana.Ru that gives an account of life in Turkmenistan. How its citizens are denied permission to travel abroad, how students and instructors are compelled to wear uniforms, how state officials bully people into renouncing Russian double citizenship. And how officials of the Russian Embassy in Ashkhabad arrogantly refuse to take care of citizens of the Russian Federation.

29.10.2009

General David Petraeus, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, flew into Tajikistan Monday for top-level talks with the government in Dushanbe, US and Tajik officials said.

Petraeus, whose visit comes as US President Barack Obama weighs sending more troops to Afghanistan, is due to meet with Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon, a spokeswoman from the US embassy in Dushanbe told AFP.

"He's meeting with the president and some Tajik military officials and they will be talking about joint cooperation in promoting stability in Afghanistan," she said.

29.10.2009

By dropping sanctions with regards to Uzbekistan at this stage, the European Union (EU) failed to stay true to its principles, said Veronika Szente Goldston, Advocacy Director for Europe and Central Asia at Human Rights Watch.