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June 16, 2006 -- Officials from 16 countries are gathering in Almaty for a June 17 summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's aircraft was the first to land in Almaty, the country's foreign ministry said.
Aliyev was followed by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Russia President Vladimir Putin.
Formed in 1992 with the aim of increasing security in Asia, the group includes Russia and China as well as South, Southeast, and Central Asian countries. Israel, Egypt, and Turkey also are members.