FEBRUARY 20 2012 21:29h
U.S. to leave Kyrgyzstan by 2014
Commenting on a meeting Monday with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Susan Elliot, the president said no military contingent should be deployed at the Manas airport after the agreed-upon deadline of the summer of 2014, the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass reported, a reference to a U.S. air base opened at the airport in 2001.
The air base in the Kyrgyz capitol has hosted anti-terrorist forces of several countries, and has recently been a base for U.S. servicemen and hardware.
Elliot expressed gratitude to the Kyrgyz leadership for its help in contributing to the region's security at Monday's meeting, the news service reported.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- American troops should expect to leave Kyrgyzstan after their mandate ends in 2014, Kyrgyz President Atambayev said.