Kyrgyzstan agrees to sign a bilateral protocol with Ukraine on this country's accession to the WTO. In exchange for this, Bishkek has demanded the abolition of an anti-dumping tax on [Kyrgyz] electric lamp imports, Kabar news agency reported.

Earlier, Kyrgyzstan demanded that Ukraine repay its former Soviet debt of more than 27m dollars, and then put forward new demands calling on it to fully abolish import taxes on a very long list of agricultural produce, including sugar and meat products, the Ukrainian media have quoted Deputy Economy Minister Valeriy Pyatnytskyy as saying.

The minister said that the Kyrgyz-Ukrainian protocol would be signed at a meeting of the two country's economy ministers in early January 2007.

The Kyrgyz Mayli-Say electric bulb plant is the main supplier of electric lamps to the Ukrainian market. The plant's owner is Russia's BABC limited-liability company.


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