U.S. military base contract in Ecuador not to be renewed after 2009
www.chinaview.cn 2008-03-20 10:31:44   Print

    QUITO, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military's contract for renting the Manta base in Ecuador will not be renewed after it expires in 2009.

    Ecuador's constituent assembly voted Wednesday to outlaw the installation of foreign military bases in Ecuador four days after President Rafael Correa announced that he will not allow such bases on Ecuadorian soil as of 2009.

    The United States has expressed interest in renewing the lease for the base, which it has been using since 1999.

    The vote has made it impossible for the U.S. military to continue using the base on the coast of Manabi province, 249 km southwest of the capital Quito.

    Ecuadoran Defense Minister Wellington Sandoval said an audit on the Manta base will be carried out after meeting with assembly members.

    The assembly is currently drafting a new constitution for the country.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia
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