The protocol ratified by Uzbek President Islam Karimov, originally signed in May, specifies that disagreements over trade among members of the CIS free-trade zone will be addressed through bilateral talks, Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported Saturday.
Both houses of the Uzbek Parliament approved the protocol this fall.
The CIS free-trade zone is a loosely organized affiliation of eight countries. Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have signed on to the protocol but have not ratified it.
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