Kyrgyzstan’s Premier Says No Gold Deal as Mining Industry Fizzles

A worker pours gold doré bars onsite at the Kumtor gold mine in eastern Kyrgyzstan. The Central Asian country has decided to back off on its attempt to form a joint venture to manage the Kumtor mine and instead maintain its current agreement with Toronto-based mine owner Centerra Gold. (Photo: David Trilling)

Kyrgyzstan’s prime minister has ordered a halt to the country’s two-year effort to renegotiate operating terms at its flagship gold mine, reasoning that a joint venture is no longer in the country’s best interests.

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.

Kyrgyzstan’s Premier Says No Gold Deal as Mining Industry Fizzles

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