American military base in Kyrgyzstan to shut down
Thursday, March 06, 2014
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – The military base at Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan, that has been used for U.S. operations in Afghanistan since 2011, is in the process of winding down and will be evacuated in July.
A statement released by the U.S. Transit Supply Center said that refueling, and personnel and cargo transfer activities from the base that have been in operation between 2011-2014 have been suspended as of Thursday, March 6th.
Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev cancelled the agreement between Kyrgyz and U.S. governments for the U.S. Transit Supply Centers on June 22, 2009 in Bishkek. All service units on the base were closed following the ratification.
Speaking to press reporters, Base Director Colonel John Millard affirmed that the transfer of soldiers from 26 countries has been stopped as of 28 February while social installations and lodgings will be handed over to Kyrgyzstan before the final closure of the base on July 11.
The Kyrgyzstan government did not extend its annual rental contract worth US$60 million and informed the U.S. government to vacate the base on July 11, 2014. The government plans to compensate its losses stemming from the base closure through its local budget while 700 Kyrgyz base workers will lose their jobs.
The U.S. established the military airbase for logistic and transfer purposes near Afghanistan following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
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