June 14th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

U.S. military says key base not affected by Kyrgyzstan violence

Ethnic violence that is sweeping through the central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan has not affected a key transport base for U.S. troops traveling to and from Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday. 

The refueling and troop transport operations in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, continue "unabated" by ethnic riots in the southern part of the country, Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan told CNN.

The violence in the south of Kyrgyzstan is about 200 miles from the Manas transit base, located near the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, Lapan said.  The base has not added any additional security measures, he said.

Refueling operations resumed late last week after a temporarily halt while the United States negotiated new fuel contracts with the interim government, he said.

Lapan said the U.S. military is examining what options it can provide for humanitarian assistance in connection with the violence in the south.

The transit center in Manas was opened in 2001, when U.S. military operations in Afghanistan began.

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