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Uzbekistan, China Discuss Judicial Cooperation

Uzbek President Islam Karimov (left) with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the SCO summit in July 2005 (epa) August 17, 2006 -- Members of the Supreme People's Procuracy of China today had talks in Tashkent with Bahtyor Jamalov, the deputy chairman of the Uzbek Supreme Court, and Prosecutor-General Rashitjon Kadyrov.

Uzbek state-controlled media say the Chinese delegation is in Tashkent for two days.

The sides reportedly agreed to enhance the judicial cooperation initiated in 2000, including within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

The SCO is made up of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

All six countries have in the past pledged to cooperate in the fight against what they call separatism and religious extremism.

Uzbekistan earlier this year extradited to Beijing Huseyincan Celil, an ethnic Uyghur with Canadian citizenship, wanted for his alleged involvement in an armed attack on Chinese government officials.

China on August 10 reported Celil's trial was under way.


Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Shanghai Cooperation Organization

Soldiers conducting the first-ever SCO joint antiterrorism exercises, held in Kazakhstan in August 2003 (TASS)

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