Friday, August 31, 2012

Uzbekistan To Ban Foreign Military Bases

Uzbekistan, Key To Afghan War Draw-Down, To Ban Foreign Military Bases -- Christian Science Monitor

Uzbekistan, which is seeking closer ties to the US, may have made the move in a bid to ease concerns of China and Russia, which are both dominant actors in Central Asia.

Today, Uzbekistan’s upper house of parliament approved a new bill banning any foreign military bases on its territory in what appears to be an effort to appease regional power Moscow.

The bill still has to be signed by Uzbekistan’s president. But it appears to quash growing rumors that Tashkent may allow the US to open a military base in Uzbekistan to replace the major air base in neighboring Kyrgyzstan, which is due to close in 2014. It also raises questions about Uzbekistan’s support of the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan.

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My Comment: Another monkey-wrench thrown into U.S./NATO post-2014 Afghan plans.

1 comment:

Joseph said...

I don't know the part of Uzbekistan on Afghan war but i know that Uzbekistan airways must have some worth to transporting items for Afghan war.