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Taszár airbase awaiting investors

The local municipality of the former military airbase at Taszár, South Hungary, is looking for either selling or leasing out the facility to investors, national daily Népszabadság reported. The one-time Soviet military base was used by U.S. forces
between 1995 and 2003 as a logistics base for supporting military operations in Bosnia and Kosovo. Following the U.S. withdrawal last December, the Hungarian army decided to shut down the base by the end of 2005 and hand it over to the local government of Somogy county. Meanwhile, the county municipality has invested over Ft 600 mln (? 2.4 mln) for turning the airfield into a dual-use facility for cargo and civil aviation. The county municipality has been conducting talks with Hungarian, Dutch and U.S. investors, county assembly president István Gyenesei told the paper, and added that they were also searching for possible investors from China, to whom Taszár airbase was recommended by Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány during his recent visit to Beijing.