Saturday, August 27, 2005

US asked to withdraw

Already in the final communique of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), US had been asked to withdraw from the region.

Today, the Uzbek Senate Backs U.S. Eviction From Base.

The 93 Senators present at the session voted unanimously to support the July 29 order from Karimov's government giving the United States six months to vacate Karshi-Khanabad, an airbase in the southern Kashkadarya region.

However, it was this truth that was the outstanding feature of the issue:

"We know that fundamentalist moods arise wherever U.S. bases appear. Enemies of the United States appear wherever there is a U.S. military presence, and we don't want to be caught in-between," Kashkadarya governor Nuritdin Zainiyev said before the vote.

The head of the Senate's foreign relations committee and the country's former foreign minister, Sadyk Safayev, said the people of Kashkadarya had demanded the troops leave, alleging they had caused environmental damage. He also questioned the need for the troops in Afghanistan.


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