Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev says the government is hopeful of getting a greater share of the profits from the Kumtor gold mine.
In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL on December 10, Satybaldiev said his government is in talks with the Canadian company Centerra to get a 67 percent share of the valuable mine, but is more likely to get about 50 percent.
It currently owns a 33 percent share.
He added that a financial charge to Centerra for environmental damage is not punitive but rather "normal business."
On Uzbekistan, Satybaldiev said talks demarcating the countries' 1,400-kilometer border continue and an agreement for some 900 kilometers of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz frontier should be signed within three months.
Satybaldiev said talks also continue with Tashkent about gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan with the only outstanding issue being the price.