President Milton Obote Monday held talks with the Aga...

KAMAPALA, Uganda -- President Milton Obote Monday held talks with the Aga Khan on plans to return properties confiscated from Ugandan Asians by former President Idi Amin.

The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of 15 million Ismaili Moslems, interrupted a six-day official visit to neighbouring Tanzania for the talks with Obote.


Obote told reporters they discussed the Ugandan Expropriated Properties Act, which provides for Asians to return to Uganda to claim their former properties.

Amin confiscated millions of dollars worth of property when he expelled more than 80,000 Asians from Uganda in 1972. The Asians were deported with $100 personal allowance each.

Before the Asian expulsion, there were more than 15,000 Ismailis in Uganda. Curently only 75 remain.

Obote told reporters the properties act, passed by the Ugandan Parliament on July 29, would be signed into law by him next January.

The act gives all former property owners 90 days to apply for repossession of their property. The government retained the option to negotiate joint venture companies for businesses in which it wished to particpate. ---

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