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Kyrgyz-U.S. Base Talks Resume


July 13, 2006 -- Representatives of Kyrgyzstan and the United States resumed talks today on rent terms for use of the air base outside the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Kyrgyz officials last year said the annual $2 million the United States pays for use of the base -- which is informally called the Ganci air base by the Kyrgyz side -- is too low.

Inconclusive talks began in late May but adjourned before restarting on July 12.

The U.S.-led coalition operating in Afghanistan has used the base at Manas International Airport since late 2001.

Defense Minister Ismail Isakov stressed in June that Kyrgyzstan is not seeking to expel U.S. troops stationed on its territory.
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