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Uzbek President Islom Karimov has said that the Afghan problem cannot be solved militarily. "There is no military solution to the Afghan problem... the Afghan people themselves must resolve their country's problem, only through compromise between the conflicting sides," the Uzbek president said speaking at a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the Kazakh capital Astana on 15 June. The following is an excerpt from his speech as broadcast by Uzbek state-owned Television First Channel on 15 June; subheadings have been inserted editorially:
[Presenter] As we reported earlier, Uzbek President Islom Karimov has participated in the session of the council of the heads of Shanghai Cooperation Organization [SCO] member states in [the Kazakh capital] Astana.
[Passage omitted: background on the SCO]
[Karimov speaking in Russian] Dear participants in the summit, I would like to express gratitude to Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev for the …