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Kyrgyz Parliament Ratifies Treaty With Kazakhstan --> Kyrgyz parliament (file photo) (RFE/RL) June 30, 2006 -- Kyrgyz lawmakers have ratified a 2003 treaty on allied relations with neighboring Kazakhstan that the legislature had previously rejected on five occasions.

The treaty was approved by 51 members of the Kyrgyz parliament, known as the Supreme Council (Zhogorku Kenesh), ahead of a scheduled visit by First Deputy Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov to Kazakhstan. President Kurmenbek Bakiev is to visit Kazakhstan on July 4.

When lawmakers last rejected the treaty, on June 13, critics argued that the document failed to address a number of issues, including migration and water resources.

Another sticking point was the proposed transfer to Kazakhstan of resort facilities located on the northern shore of the alpine Lake Issyk-Kul. That point was reportedly removed from the treaty before today's vote.

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Gulnara Abikaeyeva's June 29 presentation in Prague (RFE/RL)

EAST OF THE WEST: On June 29, RFE/RL's Prague broadcasting center hosted a presentation by GULNARA ABIKEYEVA, director of the Central Asian Cinematography Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Abikeyeva is a leading expert on Kazakh and Central Asian cinema, a chairwoman of the jury of this year's East Of The West section of the Karlovy Vary film festival. Abikaeyeva gave an overview of major trends in Central Asian cinema since the 1960s. Abikeyeva has just completed a major DVD collection of the most popular films of the five Central Asian countries and is now beginning work on a similar collection of Central Asian documentaries.


Listen to the complete presentation (45 minutes):
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