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Wednesday, 21 March, 2001, 14:34 GMT
Kuchma acknowledges mistakes in Gongadze case

The Ukrainian President, Leonid Kuchma, has acknowledged shortcomings in the way the disappearance of an opposition journalist has been investigated.

Mr Kuchma -- who has been linked to the disappearance -- said the investigation should have been carried out in a more transparent manner, and repeated his invitation to the American Federal Bureau of Investigations to take part in further work.

A body discovered outside the capital, Kiev, has been preliminarily identified as that of the missing journalist, Georgy Gongadze, but recent tests have questioned the results.

The case led to demands for Mr Kuchma to resign after a tape recording appeared to link him to the disappearance.

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