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Current Concerns  >  2012  >  No 9, 1 March 2012  >  Kyrgyz President: Decision on shutting down US air base unaltered [printversion]

Kyrgyz President: Decision on shutting down US air base unaltered

On the occasion of a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, Pamela Spratlen, in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz President Almasbek Atambayev confirmed the necessity to “reduce” the activities of the Pentagon’s transit center on the grounds of the international airport Manas by 2014, in accordance with the relevant agreement.

“The President reminded the US Ambassador that the foreign military contingent’s presence in Manas expired by 2014,” the President’s press service reported.

The former US Air Force base, which was later renamed in transit center, was established in December 2001 on Manas International Airport with the aim of serving the multinational peacekeeping force in Afghanistan. Atambayev had already pointed out to the US representatives that the Pentagon’s air force base, which did not correspond with Kyrgyzstan’s interests, had to be closed in 2014.

The US Transit center secures about 30 percent of all air-borne refueling for the anti-terrorist coalition’s air forces in their operation “Enduring Freedom” in Afghanistan and serves as a transport and logistics center for the transport of goods and the transfer of military personnel to Afghanistan. According to official figures, the transit center hosts some 1,500 US soldiers and civilian employees.
According to the press service, the Kyrgyz President and the US diplomat expressed a common interest in an intensive and comprehensive cooperation. Both partners stressed that the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan was of great importance for the security in the region as a whole.     •

Source: http://de.rian.ru/politics/20120201/262590398.html 19:44 01/02/2012  
(Translation Current Concerns)