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Kyrgyzstan Sets Up the Anti-terrorist Centre

15, July, the President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiev gave interview to the American New York Times.
During the interview, he told [ru] that Kyrgyzstan was going to set up the anti-terrorist centre at the south region of Kyrgyzstan.

The representatives of the Kyrgyz and the Russian Ministries of Defence are exploring the question of the opening of the anti-terrorist centre at one of the southern regions of Kyrgyzstan to reinforce the anti-terrorist activity. We could hold joint anti-terrorist trainings of the Kyrgyz and Russian military, Kurmanbek Bakiev said.

In the beginning of July the delegation of the Russian government with the Russian vice-premier Igor Sechin visited Kyrgyzstan. As it was found out later, the Russian delegation discussed the possibility of the extension of the Russian military forces in Kyrgyzstan and the possible opening of the second Russian military base at the south region of Kyrgyzstan during the private talks.

The President of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev neither confirmed nor denied the information that Russia supposedly had the negotiations to Kyrgyzstan to set up the second military base for the CSTO forces.

Such agreement can't be announced in advance. We can't neither confirm nor deny, Medvedev told.

The official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erhzan Ashikbaev announced the position of Kazakhstan. He told, that Kazakhstan considered the possibility of the opening of the Russian military base the business matter between two countries and greeted any steps to improve the stability and safety of the region.

William Burns, the U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs told that such decision was obviously the sovereign right of the government of Kyrgyzstan.

Our view is that any step that strengthens the sovereignty, independence and security of Kyrgyzstan is a sensible one, Burns said [en] to AP.

But Uzbekistan expressed [ru] the negative opinion about the possible new military bases in the border countries.

Tashkent expresses strong disagreement about the setting up the new foreign military bases in the border countries, the high-ranking Uzbek official told anonymously.

Internet-society of Kyrgyzstan started criticizing of Uzbekistan.

Okey, should we ask for the written permission of Uzbekistan to set up a new base? But what about the closure of the Uzbek borders recently? They did it without any permission. Now we can make them nervous also. We need to open one more military base in Osh city and set up the American transit center in Batken instead of Bishkek, Diesel Forum user Dizelist said [ru].

Why is Tashkent so nervous? If the problem is in the terrorism it is advisably for Tashkent to defend the Ferghana Valley better. Americans always stressed that the American military base has the special mission and it won't get involved to the regional conflicts. But the CSTO base should do this. So, why is Tashkent so nervous?, Diesel Forum user Baker Street asked [ru].

I think this possible base at the southern region of Kyrgyzstan is to manipulate Uzbekistan. The Russians with Tajikistan will control the half of the Ferghana Valley, Diesel Forum user Zeeke suggested [ru].

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