SOURCE: Centerra Gold Inc.

Centerra Gold Inc.

April 09, 2015 11:07 ET

Centerra Comments On Kyrgyz Government Public Statements

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 09, 2015) - Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX: CG) announced today that it is aware of certain statements made by the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic at a meeting of the Kyrgyz Republic Parliament and to local media. The statements by the Prime Minister suggest that the restructuring of the Kumtor Project as a 50/50 joint venture between Centerra and Kyrgyzaltyn JSC, as previously announced by Centerra in its news release of December 24, 2013, would not be in the interests of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Prime Minister is also reported to have stated that nationalization of the Kumtor mine is not a viable alternative. Additionally, the Prime Minister is reported to have proposed changes or additions to the composition of Centerra's Board of Directors.

Centerra will continue to engage constructively and in good faith with the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic to resolve all outstanding matters affecting the Kumtor Project. There are no assurances that continued discussions between the Kyrgyz Government and Centerra will result in a mutually acceptable solution regarding the Kumtor Project, that any agreed upon proposal for restructuring would receive the necessary legal and regulatory approvals under Kyrgyz law and/or Canadian law and that the Kyrgyz Republic Government and/or Parliament will not take actions that are inconsistent with the Government's obligations under the Kumtor Project Agreements, including adopting a law "denouncing" or purporting to cancel or invalidate the Kumtor Project Agreements or laws enacted in relation thereto.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Information contained in this news release which is not statements of historical facts may be "forward looking information" for the purposes of Canadian securities laws. Such forward looking information involves risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward looking information. The words "suggest", "may", "propose", "will" and similar expressions identify forward-looking information.

These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the outcome of any future negotiations between the parties, including the ability of the parties to agree on definitive agreements with respect to the joint venture and to satisfy and obtain the applicable legal and regulatory requirements and approvals required to affect the restructuring, or to agree on the composition of the Centerra's Board of Directors.

Although the forward-looking information in this news release reflects Centerra's current beliefs as of the date of this news release based on information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Centerra cannot be certain that actual results, performance, achievements, prospects and opportunities, either expressed or implied will be consistent with such forward-looking information. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Centerra, are inherently subject to significant political, business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Known and unknown factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, political and regulatory risks, including the political risks associated with the Company's principal operations in the Kyrgyz Republic, resource nationalism, the impact of changes in, or to the more aggressive enforcement of, laws, regulations and government practices in the jurisdictions in which the Company operates, the impact of any actions taken by the Kyrgyz Republic Government and Parliament as a result of the Kyrgyz State Commission on Kumtor, any impact on the purported cancellation of Kumtor's land use rights at the Kumtor Project, the impact of changes to, or the increased enforcement of, environmental laws and regulations relating to the Company's operations; risks relating to the Company's ability to enforce its legal rights, risks associated with having a significant shareholder, and possible director conflicts of interest. There may be other factors that cause results, assumptions, performance, achievements, prospects or opportunities in future periods not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. See "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2014 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

There can be no assurances that forward looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as many factors and future events, both known and unknown could cause actual results, performance or achievements to vary or differ materially, from the results, performance or achievements that are or may be expressed or implied by such forward looking statements contained herein or incorporated by reference. Accordingly, all such factors should be considered carefully when making decisions with respect to Centerra, and prospective investors should not place undue reliance on forward looking information. Forward looking information is as of April 9, 2015. Centerra assumes no obligation to update or revise forward looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, changes in circumstances or any other events affecting such forward looking information, except as required by applicable law.

About Centerra
Centerra is a North-American based gold mining company focused on operating, developing, exploring and acquiring gold properties in Asia, Canada and other markets worldwide. Centerra is the largest Western-based gold producer in Central Asia. Centerra's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol CG. The Company is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Additional information on Centerra is available on the Company's web site at www.centerragold.com and at SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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