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EU Delegation To Meet With Central Asian Ministers

(RFE/RL) March 26, 2007 -- A high-level EU delegation is scheduled to discuss enhanced cooperation during talks with Central Asian foreign ministers in Kazakhstan's capital Almaty on March 27.

German Foreign Ministry spokesperson Martin Jaeger, whose country currently holds the EU Presidency, said the delegation will raise the issue of human rights during the talks in Astana.

The foreign ministers of the five Central Asian states are due to participate in the talks with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier; EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner; and the EU special representative for Central Asia, Pierre Morel.

The delegation is also scheduled to meet with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev on March 28.

At their summit in Brussels earlier this month, EU leaders vowed to push for stronger links with Central Asia.


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