President: Funds lost after Manas transit centre withdrawal from Kyrgyzstan to be compensated by other projects
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 21/ Trend V. Zhavoronkova/
The funds, that Kyrgyzstan will lose after the U.S. Manas Transit Centre will close, will be compensated by other project, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev said on Monday at the meeting with CIS, Baltic and Georgian media, KyrTAG reported on Tuesday.
He said that the country has a lot of reserves so $60 million that the country earns from the Manas lease, will be compensated.
He added that the decision on the withdrawal on Manas is already made.
The agreement on the lease of Manas with the U.S. expires in 2014.
The Transit Centre at the airport, formerly called as a military base was opened in late 2001 after the U.S launched its operation in Afghanistan. At present, it accommodates about 1,200 U.S soldiers.
According to Pentagon statistics, the base handles up to 15,000 coalition servicemen and 500 tons of cargo a month.