Centerra Gold Inc.

Centerra Gold Inc.

December 19, 2006 11:07 ET

Centerra Reports Illegal Work Stoppage at the Kumtor Mine

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 19, 2006) - Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) announced today that the mine department and some support services personnel have begun an illegal work stoppage at the Kumtor mine site. Milling operations are continuing utilizing ore stockpiles. This illegal action relates to the negotiations on the renewal of the current labour contract, which expires on December 31 of this year. The Krygyz Minister of Labour had previously issued a letter to the Kumtor workforce indicating that under Kyrgyz legislation any work stoppage would be illegal. Meetings are scheduled between the work force, Trade Union, Kumtor management and the government to resolve the matter.

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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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