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Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 17:18 GMT

World: Europe

Uzbek President seeks two exiles as bomb suspects

The Uzbek President, Islam Karimov, has said his government is seeking two Uzbek exiles suspected of being behind the bomb blasts in the capital, Tashkent, last month.

Speaking at a joint press conference with the visiting Turkish President, Suleyman Demirel, he said he wanted the extradition of Muhammad Salih and Tahir Yuldashov, with Interpol's assistance.

Mr Salih, the chairman of the banned opposition Erk party, is believed to have been living in exile in Turkey but the whereabouts of Mr Yuldashov, an Islamic leader, are not known.

Mr Karimov said Uzbekistan would work closely with Turkey to fight organised crime and terrorism.

Mr Demirel is on an two-day official visit to further economic and political ties.

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