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Central Asia: Three Presidents Meet

Bishkek, 24 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - The presidents of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan are at a Kyrgyz mountain resort today for two days of discussions on regional issues.

Our correspondent says the three presidents plan a light schedule of meetings today, with main talks to be held tomorrow.

The presidents are expected to discuss proposals to host an all-sides peace conference for Afghanistan in Bishkek at an as-yet-unspecified date. They also are due to take a decision on creating an inter-parliamentary union of their three countries. Also on the agenda are discussions on forming a Central Asian Peacekeeping battalion and activities of the Central Asian bank

Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev is hosting the meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Uzbek President Islam Karimov in in the lakeside mountain resort of Cholpon Ata, some 240 kilometers east of Bishkek.