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Widespread's Asian Minerals advises Vietnam advance

Asian Mineral Resources (“ASN”) is Widespread’s largest investment. This 6.93% shareholding (presently held at independent valuation) represents 62.2% of Widespread’s total assets.    

ASN made the announcement below in Canada last night which represents a significant advance on the part of the Vietnamese Government towards restoring the viability of the Ban Phuc nickel mine. This supportive attitude is likely to lead to a significant reduction in the presently proposed 20% nickel export tariff. It is comforting that tariffs on several other commodities exported have already been reduced.  

Following the release of this announcement the “Don’t Sell Guidance” released by Widespread on Monday 18 May is no longer in force. 

For and on behalf of the Board,

Chris D Castle

Onekaka, 20 May 2009

Asian Mineral Resources: Adjustment to Export Restrictions for Ban PhucTORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - Asian Mineral Resources Limited ("AMR" or the "Company")(TSX VENTURE:ASN) announced today that the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade ("MOIT") has agreed, following submissions by AMR's 90% owned subsidiary Ban Phuc Nickel Mines LLC and the Son La Peoples Committee, that exports of nickel concentrate from its Ban Phuc project will be permitted for the five year period commencing with the beginning of production. The previous approval was for the period expiring at the end of 2013.

"We are pleased that MOIT has dealt with this important issue" commented Rob Guest president of AMR " and we look forward to similar progress in our ongoing dialogue with the authorities on other important Vietnamese issues whose resolution is critical to our being able to restart and complete the project when economic conditions including nickel price have improved sufficiently."

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Asian Mineral Resources Limited is developing the Ban Phuc Nickel/Copper Project in Vietnam 5 hours drive north-west of Hanoi in which it has a 90% interest. 

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