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26 January 2006 -- Romania has extended residence permits for Uzbek refugees in the country for another six months for humanitarian reasons.
Around 440 Uzbeks arrived in Romania six months ago following a violent crackdown last May on protests in the eastern Uzbek city of Andijon.
Romania, in July 2005, agreed to accommodate the refugees for six months before their transfer to third countries.
The French news agency AFP cites a spokeswoman (Cristina Bunea) for the UN refugee agency in Bucharest as saying 75 people have already been transferred to third countries. She says 300 others will leave Romania in the coming weeks.
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