As an election nears, a presidential candidate promotes the idea that the opium trade could bring cash to the impoverished Central Asian republic.
US State Department officials said the US could offer to pay the Kyrgyz government more for the base.
It's the easiest place in Central Asia to start a business, but high interest rates make it hard to get small business loans.
A state of emergency remains in place, after protesters alleging election fraud were dispersed last week.
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