Lukashenka hopes for IAEA support

Aliaksandr Lukashenka has declared determination to construct another nuclear power plant in the republic in the course of the meeting with Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano on April 3, 2012.

«If you provide assistance, support and relevant conditions, we are ready to build a second nuclear power plant in Belarus,» state news agency quotes Lukashenka.

According to the Belarusian president, at the moment the world is passing through a special time after the certain developments in Japan, problems with Fukushima, and the intention of Germany and other countries to shut down nuclear projects. «In this special period we announce not only our intention to construct a nuclear power plant but that we have already started the construction,» president said.

«I believe that the IAEA is extremely interested that such projects, which are, of course, safe, will be implemented across the globe. Therefore, we strongly hope that like previous directors of the agency Mr Amano will provide serious moral support for our construction of the nuclear power plant,» Lukashenka added.

Alexander Lukashenka pointed out that Belarus might have been hugely affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe it is building a nuclear plant of its own. «And the fact that the population supports the project speaks for itself: we [authorities – Belsat] have managed to achieve that,» the president said.

The construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant is to begin in Astravets (Horadnia region) as far back as April, Valeriy Limarenko, one of the top officials of Russian JSC Atomstroyexport, told journalists in Minsk on March 21, 2012.


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