Head of the International Bureau of World Post Union Thomas Edward Levy arrived in Bishkek on 15 July. The same day, he met with President Askar Akayev and Minister of Transport and Communications Kubanychbek Jumaliev discussing aspects of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the organization. Levy and Jumaliev signed a memorandum on cooperation. There are 189 member countries in the union, which is a UN organization.
RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, July 15, 2002