CIS states' heads issue appeal on occasion of 25th anniversary of accident at Chernobyl NPP

Politics Materials 26 April 2011 13:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 26 / Trend /

The Council of Heads of States of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) issued an appeal in light of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident, Tajikistan's Foreign Ministry said.

"Problems related to the consequences of the Chernobyl tragedy will not lose its relevance for future generations. [...] We remember the courage and selflessness of hundreds of thousands of participants eliminated as a consequence of the Chernobyl accident from throughout the former republics of the Soviet Union. Risking life and health, they fulfilled their duty and prevented the further spread of harmful radioactive emissions," the ministry said
The consequences of the Chernobyl accident continue to negatively impact the lives of the affected countries: several million people ought to be under special medical control, still large scale protective measures, which are essential to ensure vital activity of people living in contaminated areas, are necessary in some regions.

"The most important task of overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster is the integrated radiation and socio-economic rehabilitation of contaminated territories and development of social and economic potential of the affected regions," the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

The report notes that comprehensive cooperation and exchange of experiences among state and public organizations of the CIS countries will allow overcoming the consequences of this catastrophe with joint efforts.

"We urge the international community to continue cooperation in this sphere, actively use the new forms of interaction envisaging the transition to coordinated assistance and the broad efforts of states to revitalize the affected regions," the statement says.