Uzbek Senate Demands Cash Damages From US

by Laurence on 8/28/2005 · 1 comment

According to this item in the Pakistan Daily Times, in addition to kicking out the US military, the Uzbek Senate wants $168 million in damages for environmental problems attributed to the airbase in Karshi-Khanabad (K2).

The eviction order was approved after two hours of debate and the decision was announced by Sarrukhka Mukhuddinova, deputy Senate speaker. Senate approval marked the final step needed to make the eviction notice law.

“The presence of the US airbase has become against our interests,” said Muriddin Zayniddinov, a senator representing the constituency where the US airbase at Karshi Khanabad, known as K2, is located.

“A man with two faces cannot be a friend of Uzbekistan,” Zayniddinov said in a speech before the assembly.

Another senator said the government of Uzbekistan had spent 168 million dollars in building infrastructure to support the US base but had received no financial compensation for the expenditures from the United States.

“We have the right to demand not only the eviction of the US military from Uzbekistan but to demand compensation for environmental, economic and health damage” caused by the American military presence in the country, he said.

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Sepra August 28, 2005 at 9:16 pm

That is ridiculous. International NGOs have been throwing away money in Uzbekistan for years in ordere to clean up what has been done to the Aral Sea. They should be paying us, not the other way around.

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