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Prague, 7 February 1997 (RFE/RL) -- Our correspondent reports that Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev has stressed the positive role of foreign investment in the country's economic restructuring.

Speaking to political and cultural leaders in Almaty yesterday, Nazarbayev criticized the reluctance of some industrial workers and managers to sell their enterprises to foreign companies. Nazarbayev said Kazakhstan needed $3 to $4 billion a year in foreign investment to solve its economic problems.

Almaty Bans Homebaked Bread Sales

The mayor of Kazakhstan's capital, Almaty, has issued a special decree banning the sale or trade of home-baked bread.

Our correspondent reports that cases of home-baked bread poisoning have recently raised concerns in the city.

Lufthansa Suspends Flights To Almaty

Our correspondent reports that Germany's Lufthansa airlines has suspended its flights to Almaty.

Lufthansa has been locked in a battle with Kazakhstan's air company over unpaid debts. No date has been set for a resumption of services.