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Turkmen Oppositionist Kuliev To Be Buried In Norway

April 12, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Turkmen authorities have rejected a request by relatives of opposition leader Avdy Kuliev to bury him in Turkmenistan, RFE/RL's Turkmen Service reported.

Kuliev died in Norway earlier this week at the age of 71 after undergoing stomach surgery.

His wife, Tatyana Kulieva, told RFE/RL his burial will take place in Oslo next week.

Kuliev was Turkmenistan's first foreign minister and later become a prominent opposition leader and head of the United Turkmen opposition.

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