Frontiers of Freedom Urges Secretary Rice and Ambassadors Danilovich and Minton to Defend Free Enterprise in Mongolia



    FAIRFAX, Va., July 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recently, Frontiers of
Freedom urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Millennium Challenge
Corporation CEO John Danilovich and U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Mark Minton to
encourage the Mongolian government to support democracy, rule of law, and free
markets.
    

    
    The Mongolian government has begun to violate the rights of businesses in
the mining sector in an attempt to nationalize resources belonging to
privately held companies, resorting to confiscation of private property and
the levying of crippling taxes. Despite this, the country continues to receive
hundreds of millions of dollars in aid through the taxpayer-funded Millennium
Challenge Corporation.
    

    
    Unsurprisingly, this assault on private property and democracy has
seriously compromised the investment climate in the country. With the
Mongolian government orchestrating a deliberate effort to remove Western
investors, Russian business interests aligned with the country's leadership
are set to take control of large mining projects, including access to some of
the world's largest deposits of uranium. This raises significant questions on
the U.S.'s efforts to stop the proliferation of weapons and weapons material.
    

    
    "With the recent election marred by protests and violence, now is the
time for the U.S. Government to be engaged in defending the principles of
freedom and democracy that Americans value most," said Frontiers of Freedom
President George Landrith. "We must immediately urge the leaders of the
Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party and Democratic Party as well as other
political leaders to embrace free markets and democratic ideals."
    

    
    Frontiers of Freedom urged that Rice and Danilovich to make a diplomatic
visit to Mongolia to offer our nation's assistance to the Mongolian people,
and to ask the Mongolian government to revisit and reaffirm its commitment to
democracy, rule of law, and free markets.
    

    
    "It is imperative that the U.S. Government take steps to correct the
situation in Mongolia," said Landrith. "The country has been an important ally
in our War on Terror, in addition to receiving a significant amount of
American taxpayer dollars in foreign aid. In the interest of keeping relations
strong between our two countries, it is imperative that the U.S. insist that
Mongolia uphold principles and business practices in keeping with democratic
ideals."
    



    




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For further information: George Landrith of the Frontiers of Freedom
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