Bishkek's decision to withdraw U.S. airbase not to be revised: Kyrgyz foreign ministry

Politics Materials 11 June 2009 14:43 (UTC +04:00)

Bishkek's decision to withdraw U.S. airbase from Manas will not be revised, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Kadirbek Sarbayev said while commenting on plans of the senior U.S. officials to visit the country, RIA Novosti reported.

In spring 2009, Kyrgyz president denounced agreement with the U.S. and 11 anti-terror coalition forces on deployment of military contingent. The airbase must be pulled out in six months. Under parliament's decision, the airbase must withdraw till August 18.

"The decision has been adopted and it does not have back force," Sarbayev said in his interview with 24.kg news agency.

The airbase was opened in Kyrgyzstan in December 2001 under UN mandate to carry out military operations and render humanitarian aid as a part of the Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.