Centerra Gold Inc.

Centerra Gold Inc.

December 22, 2006 08:01 ET

Centerra Gold, Kumtor Mine Resumes Operations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 22, 2006) -

(All figures are in United States dollars)

Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) announced today that the illegal work stoppage at the Kumtor Mine has ended and normal mine operations are expected to restart on Friday December 22nd. The Company has also reached an agreement with the Trade Union regarding all material terms of a 2-year labour agreement.

At the centre of the labour dispute was a Government amendment of the existing regulation with regard to the high altitude premium for the Kumtor mine site that had the effect of an increase in salaries for national employees. The Company has taken the position that it is entitled under the stabilization provision of its Investment Agreement with the Government not to be subject to this amendment and, as previously disclosed, has therefore commenced international arbitration. In November, the Government had asked the Company to postpone the arbitration and formed a special Government commission to review this issue. The day after the illegal work stoppage commenced, the Government commission instructed the Company that it did not intend to change its position that the amendment applies to Kumtor and for the Company to comply with its decision. In order to mitigate its losses and potential losses for the Kyrgyz Republic, the Company has made the decision to make the payments required by the amendment under protest and to immediately pursue damages in arbitration.

Pending the final decision in arbitration, the increased labour costs of complying with the amendment will be about $6 million in 2006.

About Centerra

Centerra is a growth-oriented, gold company focused on acquiring, exploring, developing and operating gold properties primarily in Central Asia, the former Soviet Union and other emerging markets. Centerra is a leading North American-based gold producer and the largest Western-based gold producer in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union. Centerra's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CG. The Company is based in Toronto, Canada.

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