Closure of Kyrgyz base deals a blow to US – 19 Feb 09

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The parliament in Kyrgyzstan has voted to close an air base key to US efforts in Afghanistan, as Washington urges Nato to send more troops to the war-torn country.

The closure of the Manas US airbase will make it increasingly difficult for soldiers and supplies to reach Afghanistan.

The base was expected to be used heavily as a build-up of US reinforcements into Afghanistan develops.

Al Jazeera’s Robin Forestier-Walker reports from Manas.

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Kyrgyz parliament votes to close U.S. airbase

BISHKEK, February 19 (RIA Novosti)

Kyrgyzstan’s parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to approve a presidential proposal to close a U.S. airbase used to support NATO operations in nearby Afghanistan since 2001.

The move to close the base was supported by 78 lawmakers, with one against. The pro-presidential Ak Zhol party has 70 seats in the single-chamber, 90-member legislature.

President Kurmanbek Bakiyev announced plans to close the only U.S.base in Central Asia after talks in Moscow in early February, when he secured more than $2 billion in aid and loans.

Both Russia and Kyrgyzstan have denied any link between the aid deal and the closure of the base, located a short distance from the capital, Bishkek.

via RIA Novosti – World – Kyrgyz parliament votes to close U.S. airbase


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