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[04.06.23] Kyrgyz Premier Asks For U.S. Help To Prevent Natural Disasters

During a 3 June meeting in Bishkek with U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Lynn Pascoe, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Nikolai Tanaev asked for U.S. financial assistance for a program designed to help avert natural disasters such as the landslides and avalanches that have plagued Kyrgyzstan in recent months, akipress.org reported. Tanaev also asked Pascoe to ensure that Kyrgyzstan is included in the economic revival program for Afghanistan. The Kyrgyz prime minister said that although his country was not participating in the tenders for the program, it could produce goods for the program and deliver them to Afghanistan. Tanaev also noted that the redeployment of part of the international anti-terrorism coalition from Bishkek's Manas airport to a site further from the capital will benefit Kyrgyzstan by providing jobs. He said that the United States is investing $37 million in the redeployment project. Pascoe in turn said that Kyrgyzstan will achieve prosperity only when it meets International Monetary Fund requirements, carries out reforms, and attacks the corruption that is undermining the entire economy.
Eurasianet, June 04, 2003

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