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Belarus committed to collaboration with IAEA

MINSK, 3 April (BelTA) – Belarus has confirmed its determination to develop nuclear technologies in close collaboration with the IAEA, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano said after he met with President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on 3 April, BelTA has learnt.

“It is important that Belarus confirmed its intentions to develop nuclear technologies in close cooperation with the IAEA,” Yukiya Amano said.

He informed that he held a detailed discussion with Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus’ plans to promote and use nuclear energy.

Talking about the safety of the future nuclear power plant in Belarus, the IAEA Director General praised Belarus’ readiness to secure high safety and transparency of the plant. He noted that every country bears responsibility to ensure nuclear safety. The IAEA has an opportunity to help countries enhance nuclear safety. There are plans to dispatch an integrated IAEA mission to Belarus to monitor the development of the infrastructure of the future nuclear power plant. The mission will hold bilateral meetings and other events to make sure nuclear energy is used by the country for peaceful purposes and nuclear installations are duly protected, Yukiya Amano said.

Commenting on the statement about Belarus’ readiness to build a second nuclear power plant, Yukiya Amano noted that the IAEA can help make the construction project as safe as possible. “The IAEA does not say how many nuclear power stations a country should have. It is up to a country to decide how many nuclear power plants to build, if any,” he underlined. “If a country opts for a nuclear power plant, it should be constructed the safest way possible. The IAEA can be of use here,” the IAEA Director General said.