Kyrgyz parliament to vote on Thursday on US base

Kyrgyz President Bakiyev said earlier in February he had decided to close the Manas air base "because Washington had resisted to pay more rent for it."

Kyrgyz parliament to vote on Thursday on US base
Kyrgyzstan's parliament will vote on Thursday on a presidential proposal to close a U.S. air base, officials said on Wednesday.

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev said earlier in February he had decided to close the Manas air base "because Washington had resisted to pay more rent for it."

The parliament in the republic is dominated by Bakiyev's party.

The leading Ak Zhol party, which has a large majority in parliament, on Wednesday unanimously approved the government's decision to shut the Manas base.

Under the terms of the original deal Washington has six months to shut down the base after being informed that Kyrgyzstan no longer wishes it to remain.

Following Kyrgyzstan's announcement, Russia said it would allow non-lethal US military supplies for Afghanistan to cross its territory.

On Tuesday, David Petraeus, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, visited Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan's neighbour, in an attempt to secure alternative supply routes into Afghanistan for US forces.

Barack Obama, the US president, has approved the deployment of an extra 17,000 troops to Afghanistan.

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Last Mod: 18 Şubat 2009, 13:41
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