Kyrgyz premier urges law enforcement to create business-friendly stability

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Almazbek Atambayev on Monday asked prosecutors and police to work together to create conditions conducive to attracting foreign investment.

“The Interior Ministry must establish order,” the Bishkek-based news agency reported Atambayev as saying on Monday. “Investments and money like silence. We need to ensure order and protection of investments.

“The volume of investments has decreased in the first quarter of 2011 compared to the same period of 2010,” he added.

He blamed this negative trend on the actions of domestic politicians as well as worker protests.

“They say the government will be changed. The Kumtor mining company has also reduced production capacity, since numerous rallies held all over the country. They simply destroy their work.”

Rumors of a breakup of the Kyrgyz ruling coalition have been rife in recent weeks, with accusations between party members escalating and the largest coalition partner Ata-Zhurt periodically threatening to leave the government.

Recent protests at another gold mine in Talas, in which a local mob descended upon the Talas Copper Gold mining operation headquarters in late March to protest hiring practices, have also damaged the country’s investment reputation.

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