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Kyrgyzstan Cancels Remaining Air-Base Agreements


Besides the United States, several other states are to leave Manas air base.
BISHKEK -- The Kyrgyz parliament has revoked all agreements it made with countries from the U.S.-led antiterrorist coalition in relation to use of Manas air base, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

The Central Asian state's parliament voted almost unanimously to cancel 11 agreements that allowed a number of European states as well as Australia, South Korea, and New Zealand to use Manas.

The parliament revoked a similar agreement with the United States last month and approved a plan to close the U.S. air base near Bishkek.

President Kurmanbek Bakiev announced the decision in Moscow after he secured $2 billion in aid and loans from Russia.

Kyrgyzstan says U.S. troops have to leave Kyrgyz territory by August 20.

Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Kadyrbek Sarbaev said Bishkek is not currently negotiating with Washington on the air base's future.

Sarbaev added that U.S. troops are preparing to leave Manas air base in the near future.

The military base was established to assist the coalition's operations in Afghanistan.

With Reuters