(Itar-Tass) - Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev has commissioned the Foreign Minaity to begin a revision of the status of US military servicemen staying in Kyrgyzstan.
He made this statement after his meeting US Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Marie Yovanovitch and US commander of the Manas Air Base John Reece in Bishkek on Thursday, reports Trend.
Bakiyev said that it would be more expedient if foreign servicemen who commit a crime on the territory of Kyrgyzstan were held responsible under the republic's laws.
Bakiyev's statement follows a tragic incident at Manas, where a US Air Force serviceman shot to death at the airport's check post a worker of Aircraft Petroleum company, Alexander Ivanov.
The air base's servicemen, most of whom are members of the US Air Force, have the status of diplomatic immunity.
The Kyrgyz president demanded at the meeting that the American serviceman who killed Kyrgyzstan's citizen stay in the republic until the completion of the investigation.
The air base's commanders maintain that Ivanov's actions carried a security threat to the base and its personnel.
Representatives of Kyrgyzstan's Inferior Ministry found on the incident scene two cartridges and a bullet for a Beretta handgun, a knife and the pass of the American serviceman Daniel Russell.