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Almaty, 7 March 1997 (RFE/RL) - Lithuanian President Algirdas Brazauskas continues his official visit to Kazakhstan today. Our correspondent reports from Almaty that the Lithuanian leader met his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev this morning. They signed agreements on avoiding double taxation and on strengthening economic and trade ties.

Kazakh Privatization To Be Completed This Year

A senior Kazakh official says the process of privatizing the country's state property will be completed this year. Prime Minister's aide and chairman of Kazakhstan's State Commission on Investments Ahmetjan Yesimov made the announcement at a press conference yesterday. He says Kazakhstan is ready to start what he calls drastic reforms in the macroeconomic sphere.