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[11.12.2OO2] Lawmaker: Coalition forces to stay in Kyrgyzstan

The head of the commission of the Legislative Chamber of parliament on state security, General Ismail Isakov, says the anti-terror coalition forces at the airfield near Bishkek will stay in Kyrgyzstan as neither sides has asked for the cancellation of the deployment agreement.
Dec. 11, 2001 the upper house of Kyrgyz parliament approved the agreement on renting the Manas airfield, 20 km north of Bishkek, for use of the US aircraft. Later France, Denmark, Norway and other countries received similar permissions. Currently around 2,000 troops and 20 military aircraft of the anti-terror coalition are deployed in Manas.
Last week, several Russian military aircraft were flown to the Kant air base, some 40 km east of Manas. The planes returned back to bases in Tajikistan and Russia, but more are expected to be deployed late next spring as part of a new rapid deployment force of CIS Collective Security Treaty.

RFE/RL Kyrgyz News, December 11, 2002

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