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Uzbekistan To Allow Foreign Monitoring Of Unrest Probe

2 June 2005 -- Uzbekistan's foreign minister says the government welcomes foreign monitoring of its own probe into last month's deadly violence in eastern Uzbekistan.

Elyor Ganiyev made the remarks today in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

He said representatives of foreign embassies in Tashkent will be allowed to monitor the government's probe into the violence.

But the Uzbek government still refuses to allow an independent international investigation into the unrest.

The Foreign Ministry today released a statement reiterating that stance, saying the demand for such a probe by NATO's Parliamentary Assembly is "groundless."

The ministry says preliminary information from its own investigation shows the events in Andijon on 13 May were the result of what it calls planned "terrorist aggression." It said the unrest was conducted by radical, extremist, and religious forces "directed from abroad" and aimed at overthrowing the Uzbek government.

(compiled from wire reports)

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