Mina Corp Condemns Atambayev Statement in MoscowBy Mina Corp, PRNE
Sunday, March 20, 2011
DUBAI, UAE, March 21, 2011 - Mina Corp strongly condemns the statement by Kyrgyz Prime
Minister Almazbek Atambayev, made on Friday March 18 in Moscow during a
meeting with Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, saying that the Kyrgyz
government intends to seize control from Mina Corp of all jet fuel supplies
to US forces in Kyrgyzstan. This is part of a continuing illegal campaign to
expropriate Mina's business by the Kyrgyz authorities that came to power in
The pretext for this latest effort to raid the company is the
fabrication cited many times by Kyrgyz officials in recent months that Mina
Corp was "backed" by Maksim Bakiyev, son of the former President of the
Kyrgyz Republic. The US Congress conducted a thorough eight-month
investigation into this allegation by the Kyrgyz authorities and concluded
that there was no credible evidence to support it.
Commenting on Prime Minister Atambayev's statement, Dean
Peroff of Amsterdam & Peroff, Mina Corp's international legal counsel said.
"The Prime Minister is apparently not content with his government's deal with
the US to install a Kyrgyz/Russian state-owned joint venture that will take
over up to 50% of Mina's contract with the US Department of Defense. Now they
want it all. Mina continues to be the focus of a state-sponsored corporate
raid to force it out of business in Kyrgyzstan. This type of attack makes
heavy use of disinformation and "black PR" to discredit a target company."
"Prime Minister Atambayev's latest statement is part of an
ongoing campaign of illegal harassment and threats against Mina Corp," said
William Burck of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Mina Corp's Washington
D.C.-based legal counsel. "The Kyrgyz government is in breach of its legal
commitments to protect foreign investment from expropriation and refrain from
interfering with US contractors supplying the Manas Transit Center. There are
many legal avenues at the international level and in the US to hold the
government accountable for this abuse of power. Mina Corp intends to
vigorously pursue all of them."
"The Kyrgyz government tried and failed to mislead the US
government into believing that Maxim Bakiyev was behind Mina Corp," said Dean
Peroff. "Now the Prime Minister has taken the disinformation campaign from
Washington to Moscow."
The state-owned joint venture model that Prime Minister
Atambayev outlined to Prime Minister Putin would take over 100% of jet fuel
supplies to the US military at Manas using only Russian sources. "The Kyrgyz
government wants to make the Department of Defense entirely dependent on a
Kyrgyz state company for meeting its jet fuel needs at Manas", said William
Burck. "The US government has always insisted on diversity of fuel sources so
US troops are not dependent on obtaining fuel from a single country or
region. By threatening to put Mina out of business in Kyrgyzstan, Prime
Minister Atambayev is on a collision course with US policy."
Note to editors: Mina Corp is part of an international group
of companies headquartered in Dubai with trading operations on several
continents. Mina has been a supplier of jet fuel to US forces at Manas since
2007. The company was awarded its latest contract to supply jet fuel to the
Manas Transit Center in November 2010 after a full and open competition.
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