Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is set to approve a measure that would enable a state-affiliated company to assume responsibility for up to half of the aviation fuel supplies to the Manas Transit Center.
The current holder of the supply contract is a Gibraltar-registered entity, Mina Corp. Under the terms of its latest contract signed in November 2010, the company is obliged to share between 20 percent and 50 percent of its business with a Kyrgyz-controlled entity. In order for this to happen, however, an amendment to the US-Kyrgyz basing agreement needs to be ratified by the Kyrgyz parliament. The amendment is due to come up for a vote as soon as April 7.
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Deirdre Tynan is a Bishkek-based reporter specializing in Central Asian affairs.