02 June 2006

Looks Like the US Will Stay in Kyrgyzstan

Various news sources are reporting that, as expected, Bakiev is not going to insist on the $200 million in rent for Gansi Air Base that he'd been asking for the last month or two. Right now the rumors are that the rent will be around $15 million a year, plus aid and investment money. That's about in line with what we'd heard earlier from people who work at the base.

Personally, I much prefer to see the money coming in earmarked for humanitarian aid and investment. Let's see, shall we start with hydroelectric power and repairing roads around the country?

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