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    BISHKEK, February 25, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Yulia Orlova) - A contract between the Kara-Baltinski ore-mining combine and the German firm RWE Nukem GmbH for the processing of uranium ore in Kyrgyzstan is a disguise for stockpiling radioactive waste in that Central Asian republic, says the declaration of the Association of Non-Governmental and Non-Commercial Organizations of Kyrgyzstan, circulated in Bishkek on Wednesday.

    The government should take resolute steps to suspend the implementation of the contract and "adopt relative laws for cutting short in the future whatever attempts to convert Kyrgyzstan into a country for storing all sort of waste," the declaration reads.

    Experts of the Association say that the net profit of Kyrgyzstan, according to the contract signed with Germany, will be a little over 10 percent per kilogram of the processed ore.

    The German company will spend about 1,103,000 dollars for the transportation and processing of radioactive waste, which is also economically unprofitable.

    Under the contract, Kyrgyzstan is to process 2,000 tons of uranium-containing ore brought in from Germany. As a result, approximately 50 tons of pure uranium will be produced. The waste is planned to be buried in Kyrgyzstan.

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