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SOVIET CONGRESS APPEALS FOR END OF ETHNIC RIOTING IN UZBEKISTAN

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The Soviet Congress Monday appealed for an end to bloodshed in Uzbekistan, where one deputy said thousands of homes were set ablaze in ethnic rioting that claimed at least two lives.

Tass said authorities imposed a curfew in several areas of the Central Asian republic after two days of rioting between Uzbeks and the minority Turk-Meskhetis. It said there were deaths, but did not give a number.The deputy from the region, Rakhmatullah Akhmetov, said he had been told two people had died and "thousands and thousands of homes are burning" in his home city of Fergana.

Akhmetov, in an interview before Monday's session of Congress, said a dispute in a market prompted the violence, which he blamed on "extremist forces."