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Friday, June 26, 1998 Published at 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK

World: Asia-Pacific

Central Asian leaders discuss water-sharing

The prime ministers of four central Asian republics have held a day of talks in the Kyrghyz capital, Bishkek, which centred on the joint use of water resources.

The four countries -- Kyrghyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan -- are trying to set up an international water-energy consortium, but the meeting in Bishkek ended without any firm conclusion.

Discussions will resume in September.

The prime ministers did, however, sign co-operation agreements on sanitation, the control of epidemics and health care.

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