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Minister Otgonbayar resigns, accepts blame for slow rescue of helicopter crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Friday, 29 June 2007

The political fallout following the June 13th helicopter crash which took the lives of 15 firefighters has resulted in the resignation of a minister.   

The Minister of Emergency, S. Otgonbayar, submitted his resignation to the Prime Minister on Tuesday.  

A Russian Mi-8 helicopter crashed into a forest on June 13 while carrying firefighters to battle a forest fire. A storm of controversy has followed officials who were not able to rescue the survivors for three days. 

An official day of mourning is being held today, Friday. Besides burying the victims of the crash, all sports and entertainment events have been canceled in Mongolia. 

Commenting on his resignation, Minister Otgonbayar said, “I have no moral right to continue to hold the post of Minister of Emergency. I decided on resigning soon after the crash, but could submit my request to the Prime Minister only after the national state of mourning.” 

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Official says Mongolia supports continued Chinese presence in Tibet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Following calls for Tibetan independence at a Socialist youth conference held in Ulaanbaatur in June, Mongolians officials have reiterated their policy of supporting China’s continued presence in Tibet. 

Speaking on Tuesday, Danzan Lundeejantsan, chairman of the State Great Hural of Mongolia, said Tibet is an inalienable part of China and Mongolia would continue to recognize Chinese authority over Tibet. 

Danzan Lundeejantsan made these comments while meeting with Tsering Dolkar, Vice Chairman of Tibet's People's Political Consultative Conference of China in Ulaanbaatur. 

The Socialist youth conference in June had received international attention when it overwhelmingly supported independence for Tibet. A number of Mongolian officials and parliament members also spoke in favor of Tibetan independence during the youth conference.

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President Enkhbayar to attend SOC meeting in August PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Thursday, 28 June 2007

Mongolian President Nambaryn Enkhbayar will attend the Shanghai Organization of Cooperation summit in Bishkek in August. 

Plans for the conference include the signing of the Bishkek Document to formalize the agreement on long-term neighborliness, friendship and cooperation between SOC members. 

This document is designed to fix on paper the existing partnership relations between the SOC countries. 

Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev also invited the president of Turkmenistan and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to attend the August summit.  

The SOC consists of Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China. Iran, India, Mongolia and Pakistan have observer status. The SOC also cooperates with Afghanistan at a lower level which the contact group set in November 2005.

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Witness in Malaysian murder trial testifies men threatened to kill Altantuya PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Tuesday, 26 June 2007

The Malaysian murder trial of Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu heard on Monday from witnesses claiming that accused political consultant, Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda, sent two men to the hotel where Altantuya, her cousin and a friend were staying, where the men threatened to kill the women. 

Testifying under oath, Namiraa Gerelmaa, 23, from Ulaanbaatur said two men working for Razak came to the hotel a number of times to threaten the women. 

"None of Suras's visits were friendly. Everytime (he came), he said `Razak Baginda send me to kill you'. Of course it was not pleasant," said Namiraa during her testimony. 

Altantuya was found dead in Malaysia last October following her allegedly threatening Razak, after he ended a relationship between them. 

Razak, as well as two policemen, have been charged in the murder of Altantuya.  

The trial has gained worldwide notoriety due to Razaks’ connections among the highest echelons of Malaysia’s political elite.

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Chinese Foreign Minister to hold discussions in Ulaanbaatur PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Friday, 22 June 2007
Mongolia will host Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi during a three-country tour by the Chinese official beginning June 30. 

While in Mongolia, Yang is expected to meet with top Mongolian officials to discuss improving bilateral relations. China currently is providing a variety of assistance in energy development and improving Mongolia’s infrastructure. 

Yang’s visit follows this week’s meetings in Ulaanbaatur with Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin, who also sought to bolster relations between the neighboring countries. 

Yang will be arriving in Mongolia at the invitation of Mongolian Foreign Minister Nyamaa Enkhbold.

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President Enkhbayar signs bilateral protocol following meeting with Russians PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Thursday, 21 June 2007

Mongolia and Russia signed a protocol on Wednesday to quicken the pace of bilateral relations between the neighboring countries. 

Mongolia’s President, Nambaryn Enkhbayar, met in Ulaanbaatur with Russian presidential chief of staff Sergei Sobyanin in what was termed a “working visit” by the Russian official. 

The protocol signed Wednesday is a follow-up to documents signed in Moscow in 2006 at the conclusion of meetings between Enkhbayar and Russian President Vladamir Putin. The new protocol creates mechanisms for communications and working jointly between the Mongolian and Russian Presidents’ offices. 

"This should generate even more systematic work in all areas today, and I am sure that the signing of this document should provide an additional impetus to our interaction," Sobyanin said.

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Agreement on Oyu Tolgoi could mean work to begin in July PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Thursday, 21 June 2007

The Mongolian National Parliament is expected to revise its windfall profit tax regulations to allow work to move ahead on the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mines.  

Canada's Ivanhoe Mines Ltd. had been negotiating with government officials regarding the impact of the 2006 legislation imposing a 69 percent tax on mining profits. With some resolution to this issue at hand, officials believe exploratory work could begin as early as July at Oyu Tolgoi. Full-scale mining is expected to begin in late 2009 or early 2010. 

It is possible the cabinet may take up the issue this week. 

Oyu Tolgoi is located 80 kilometers north of the Mongolian-Chinese border. Ivanhoe and Rio Tinto are planning to jointly develop and operate the site.

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Meeting in Mongolia, group calls for Tibetan independence PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ariunbold Altankhuyag   
Wednesday, 20 June 2007

A Socialist youth conference meeting in Mongolia has urged Tibet be allowed to break away from China and become an independent state. 

During meetings held in Ulaanbaatur, the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) Asia - Pacific Committee Meeting, presented a united face in opposition to China’s policies in Tibet. 

Meeting from June 8 to 10 in the meeting hall of the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the group heard speeches from N. Enkhbold, Mongolian Foreign Affairs Minister and D. Lundeejantsan, Deputy Speaker of the Mongolian Parliament. Both Mongolian officials reviewed a variety of Mongolia’s initiatives and economic policies. 

In voting to support Tibetan independence, the group called for an end to demographic changes caused by Chinese citizens migrating to Tibet. The socialist youth group also called for a boycott of the 2008 Chinese Olympics to support Tibet.

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