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Kyrgyzstan: Closure of key U.S. base is final

Feb. 6th, 2009. by MSNBC

Russia says it will allow U.S. supplies for Afghanistan to cross its territory

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan will not reverse its decision to close a U.S. air base on its territory that is key to American and NATO operations in Afghanistan, a top Kyrgyz security official said Friday.

"The fate of the air base has been sealed; there is no doubt the bill to revoke the basing agreement will be ratified," Kyrgyzstan's National Security Council chief Adakhan Madumarov told a news conference.

Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister said Friday that Moscow will begin allowing U.S. military supplies for Afghanistan to cross its territory.

Hopes dashed
The statement by Madumarov appeared to dash any U.S. hopes of securing a last-minute reprieve for the Manas air base, which is located just outside the capital of Bishkek.

Parliament is due to consider


Added: Feb-6-2009 Occurred On: Feb-6-2009
By: wrano
Iraq, Afghanistan, News, Middle East
Tags: Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Central Asia, US, NATO, ISAF
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