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Almazbek Atambayev: US base should go

Newly-elected Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has said his biggest challenge will be to unify the country.

Speaking to the BBC'a Natalia Antelava, Mr Atambayev said he would punish those who stirred ethnic tensions.

And he said a key US military base should not stay in Kyrgyzstan after its lease runs out in 2014, in the interests of his country's security.

The last president of Kyrgyzstan was overthrown 18 months ago.

  • 31 Oct 2011
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