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Kyrgyz to Nationalize Fuel Depot at US Base

The Kyrgyz interim government plans to nationalize Aalam Services, the main fuel depot at Manas Airport and the adjacent US-owned air base. By doing so, revenues from the sale of fuel to the Manas Transit Center will flow directly into the state’s coffers, the head of the interim government, Roza Otunbayeva, said.

“We will nationalize this company and it will move into state ownership. We will still deliver fuel to the Transit Center [but] all the money will go to the state treasury,” local news agencies quoted her as saying on June 9.

The Manas Transit Center is a key logistics hub for the US-led war in Afghanistan. The facility uses up to 12 million gallons of jet fuel per month.

But not everyone is convinced that the nationalization of Aalam Services will lead to transparency when it comes to the supply of fuel at the air base.

“If Aalam Services is nationalized it doesn’t mean it will be all clean,” Taalaibek Okenov, the President of the Association of Civil Aviation Airlines, told EurasiaNet.org.

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