US Expels Two Kyrgyz Diplomats

by Nathan Hamm on 8/2/2006 · 5 comments

Tit-for-tat:

“The American side, without providing any explanation, declared two staff members of Kyrgyzstan’s embassy in the U.S.A. persona non grata in response to the deportation of two American diplomats from Kyrgyzstan in July,” the ministry said.

The U.S. embassy declined to give an official comment, but an embassy source confirmed that two Kyrgyz diplomats had been declared persona non grata.

With a Manas deal sewn up, it looks like the US has finally gotten around to paying back Kyrgyzstan’s government for its expulsion of to US embassy staff from Kyrgyzstan. According to RFE/RL’s short report, six Kyrgyz security officers receiving training in the US may also have been asked to leave.


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Amira August 2, 2006 at 10:12 pm

Does anyone know the names of the expelled diplomats, or what positions they held?

Nathan August 2, 2006 at 10:31 pm

The Americans or the Kyrgyz? The Americans were Kaku Kimara and Paul Polites (possibly spelled incorrectly as the names were transcribed from Cyrillic). The Kyrgyz embassy has (some of?) their staff listed here and here.

On the off-hand chance that this news could impact the processing of visas, I am quite glad that mine was processed last week. (Actually, I give them high marks for this. They processed and sent the visa back to me the day they received it.)

Amira August 3, 2006 at 6:38 am

The Kyrgyz actually. I think that first link has most of the staff at the embassy in Washington since the embassy is quite small.

We’ve been pleased with the Kyrgyz Embassy in Washington too. I hope this doesn’t affect that.

Nathan August 3, 2006 at 1:06 pm

Here’s the answer.

Как стало известно АКИpress, высланные Салтанат Ташматова занимает должность 1-го секретаря Посольства, Асан Усупов – 2-го секретаря.

So, Saltanat Tashmatova and Asan Usupov are the two who were sent home. Usupov’s the one who issued my visa last Friday.

Amira August 3, 2006 at 6:50 pm

Thanks Nathan.

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