CORRECTED-INSIGHT-Young nation Kyrgyzstan fights over gold at top of the world
(Paragraph 11 has been corrected to state that two of three lawmakers sentenced last week for leading a demonstration came from the south of the country. An earlier version of this story said that all three came from the south.)
* Biggest foreign investment in Central Asian state at risk
* Nationalists demand expropriation, threaten protests
* Prime minister urges calm, reassures investors
* Unstable ex-Soviet state buffeted by regional rivalries
By Dmitry Solovyov
KUMTOR, Kyrgyzstan, April 3 (Reuters) - In an impoverished young nation with a habit of overthrowing its rulers, the future now balances on a mountain of gold at the top of the world, where the air is so thin collapsing visitors may be rushed to a pressure chamber for oxygen.
After two revolutions in eight years, nationalists in Kyrgyzstan are threatening to return to the streets to topple another government unless it expropriates the Kumtor goldmine, a treasure they say was sold off too cheaply to foreigners.
Parliament in the remote ex-Soviet Central Asian state has set a deadline of June 1 for the government to renegotiate - or repudiate - a deal struck in 2009 with Canadian firm Centerra Gold to operate the mine. Continued...