Bakiev, speaking after results showed him winning a decisive victory in Kyrgyzstan's presidential elections on 11 July, said the situation in neighboring Afghanistan has stabilized and that discussions could now begin on the necessity of U.S.-led forces at the Manas air base, where they have been deployed since late 2001.
Bakiev's comment echoed a call by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which last week said Washington should set a date for the withdrawal of its military bases in Central Asia.
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For RFE/RL's full coverage of Kyrgyzstan's presidential election, see "Kyrgyzstan Votes 2005"