The parliament of Kyrgyzstan has approved a government decision to provide the country's main civilian airport to base U-S airplanes participating in the anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan.
Before today's (Thursday) vote, Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev told the legislature that allowing U-S planes will help boost the country's own security.
Russian media quoted the Kyrgyz leader as saying his country supports the counter-terrorist operation through active participation and, like other neighboring countries, it is interested in restoring peace in Afghanistan.
Mr. Akayev expressed the belief that proper measures are being taken in Afghanistan to eradicate international terrorism, religious extremism and drug trafficking.
Australia, Canada, France, Italy and South Korea have all recently requested permission to base airplanes in Kyrgyzstan for use in the operation in Afghanistan.