Washington suggests Astana organize land transit of NATO cargoes from Afghanistan – U.S. special envoy
August 1. Interfax-Kazakhstan. Astana
The U.S. has proposed that the Kazakh government should consider the possibility of organizing land transit of NATO’s non-lethal cargoes as required for withdrawal of the U.S. troops from Afghanistan, U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman told Interfax-Kazakhstan in an interview.
He said that the U.S. would like to have a land route for a backhaul of non-lethal cargoes from Afghanistan and asked the Kazakh government for an opinion.
Earlier, NATO spokesman James Appathurai said that they should reach agreement with a number of countries, including Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, to organize cargo transportation from Afghanistan through Russia by land. He said he meant non-lethal cargoes.
Mr Grossman commented on the efficiency of the existing agreement with Kazakhstan on air transportation of U.S. cargoes and personnel to Afghanistan. He said he was very much happy with the cooperation between the U.S. and Kazakhstan under this agreement.
As reported, in April 2011 Kazakhstan ratified an intergovernmental agreement with the U.S. on air transit of cargoes and personnel through the territory of the republic to Afghanistan.
Earlier, all air transportation by the U.S. was on the basis of the memorandums of understating signed by the government of Kazakhstan and the U.S. on December 15, 2001 and June 10, 2002.