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Obama-Otunbayeva Meeting Could Determine Manas Fuel-Supply Issue

Kyrgyzstan’s provisional president, Roza Otunbayeva (left), and US President Barack Obama, both seen here addressing the United Nations in September 2010, plan to meet to discuss, in the words of Otunbayeva, a “bouquet of issues.” (Photos: United Nations)

Heading into her September 24 meeting with US President Barack Obama, Kyrgyzstan’s provisional president, Roza Otunbayeva, told EurasiaNet.org in New York that she had a “bouquet of issues” she intended to raise. Sources familiar with US diplomatic thinking, meanwhile, billed the discussions as “a substantial meeting” and “not just a photo op.”

A central point in the discussions could be the American-run Manas transit center outside of Bishkek, a key logistics hub for US and NATO military operations in Afghanistan. [For background see EurasiaNet’s archive].

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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing on Central Asian affairs.

Obama-Otunbayeva Meeting Could Determine Manas Fuel-Supply Issue

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