Kyrgyzstan’s parliament is considering the introduction of a moratorium on the exploration, development, and mining of uranium deposits in the Central Asian republic, a statement by parliament said earlier this week. The statement said the bill aims at ensuring the radiation and environmental safety of the Kyrgyzstan’s population. “It is likely that safe methods for the extraction of uranium and thorium will be developed in the future, but let our descendants decide the feasibility of developing uranium deposits”, said Almambet Shykmamatov, one of three deputies who submitted the proposal. Earlier this month, Kyrgyzstan’s parliament adopted a resolution banning all exploration, development and extraction of uranium resources in the country, despite previously issuing licenses to a number of overseas companies, including Canada-based Azarga Uranium. According to Reuters, the move may expose the Kyrgyz government to compensation claims from foreign investors.
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