Iran Sees only Custom Problems for Detention of Cargo Full of Equipment for Nuclear Power-Station in Bushehr on Azerbaijan-Iran Border: Ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 April / corr. Trend S. Agayeva/ Iran believes that the detention of cargo of equipment on Azerbaijan-Iran border meant for nuclear power station in Bushehr is due to the custom problems and Iran believes that it will be solved soon, Nasir Hamidi Zare, the Iranian ambassador to Azerbaijan said to Trend on 23 April.
"We do not see other reasons for the detention of cargo and we hope that the problem will be solved soon," said Ambassador.
The cargo for the nuclear power station in Bushehr, transported from Russia to Iran, was detained in customs point in Astara on Azerbaijan-Iran border on 29 March. The cargo is reported to have been detained due to the lack of special permission for transit that Azerbaiani government is required to grant.
"The detention of cargo on its way to Iran should be solved by Atomstroyexport, the contractor of the construction who is responsible for the supply," said diplomat.
Azerbaijan has sent an inquiry to Russian government regarding the type of cargo and is waiting for the reply.
The cargo of Atomstroyexport, supplied for the nuclear power station in Bushehr, is not dual-purpose good and it is not nuclear material, Irina Yesipova, the press secretary of Atomstroyexport said to Trend on 23 April.
Russia has joined all international regulations on export control and documents regarding the cargo detained on Azerbaijan-Iran border have been developed in line with all international transport by road standards, she said.
"The equipment exported to Bushehr according to contract on constructing nuclear power station in Bushehr went through all export control procedures. Code of goods nomenclature of external economic activities conferred on the equipment shows that the cargo is not included in the list of dual-purpose goods. Heat-insulating equipment is not a nuclear material," Yesipova said.
Atomstroyexport is solving the problem together with Russian Embassy in Azerbaijan at present,' she said.
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