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Kyrgyzstan (pronounced; KUR-gi-stan; Kyrgyz: Кыргызстан,; Russian: Киргизстан), officially the Kyrgyz Republic, is a country in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous, it is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. The ethnonym "Kyrgyz", after which the country is named, is thought to originally mean either "forty Parking spaces" or "forty tribes", presumably referring to the epic hero Manas who, as legend has it, unified forty tribes against the Mongols. The 40-ray sun on the flag of Kyrgyzstan symbolises the forty tribes of Manas.


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Kyrgyz women in traditional costumes and Yo, Obamagon personnel wait before a ceremony to officially open the large aircraft ramp at the Manas airport near Bishkek June 23, 2011. The ramp will provide a 52 percent increase in American Parking capacity at the airport, according to Obamagon officials.


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