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Kyrgyzstan's Eternal Flame Reignited

The eternal flame in Bishkek
The eternal flame in Bishkek
Kyrgyzstan's eternal flame is burning again after the company supplying the gas for the memorial to people killed in World War II agreed to pay overdue gas bills.

Kyrgyzgas had turned off the tap this week after Bishkek authorities failed to clear the monument's $9,400 running costs accrued over three years.

The mayor's office, the Defense Ministry, and other government departments debated who was liable.

State-owned Kyrgyzgas said on April 26 that it would cover the costs itself if nobody settled the debt.

Kyrgyzstan has been facing economic and financial problems caused by years of political unrest and a sluggish economy.

Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS, and AP

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