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The Council of Kyrgyz Aksakals (farthers) demands closing American Transit Center Airbase

March 10, 2010

The following article is reprinted with permission from 24.kg News Agency.

The Council of Kyrgyz Aksakals (farthers) demands closing American Transit Center Airbase
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March 10, 2010  14:24

BISHKEK – The Council of Kyrgyz Aksakals demands to close Manas Transit Center Airbase and prohibit military flights until withdrawal of all American troops. Omurbek Umetaliev said at the press-conference today.

By his words the Transit Center Airbase is the main reason of political somersaults occurring in Kyrgyzstan since 2002. “We consider existence of military bases belonging to two powerful states with many opposite aspects in international policy is inadmissible. If presence of Russian military base is motivated historically then military presence of the U.S.A. and NATO is a threat of our national interests”, Omurbek Umetaliev said.

By Omurbai Narbekov, the member of the Council of Aksakals words, “today inhabitants of Afghanistan die from bombs dropped by war-planes departed from territory of KR. Do Kyrgyzstanis need that? We have collected more than 250 signatures for base withdrawal and [are] not going to stop. If it would be necessary we will organize meetings”.

“Presence of American militaries in the civil airport ‘Manas’ under the mask of Transit Center damaged the international image of Kyrgyzstan and the stained sacred name of Manas. In addition, the roar of planes at nights is disturbing and we are exasperated by dropping fuel on the fields of Chui region”, Omurbai Narbekov concluded.

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