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EU again calls on Armenia to stop using Metsamor NPP

Politics Materials 21 March 2013 15:17 (UTC +04:00)
The head of the European Union Delegation in Armenia Traian Hristea said today that the EU continues to ask Armenia to stop using the Metsamor nuclear power plant as soon as possible, Mediamax reports.
EU again calls on Armenia to stop using Metsamor NPP

The head of the European Union Delegation in Armenia Traian Hristea said today that the EU continues to ask Armenia to stop using the Metsamor nuclear power plant as soon as possible, Mediamax reports.

Presenting the report, the European Neighbourhood Policy on Armenia head Traian Hristea noted that the issue on further use of the Metsamor nuclear power plant is one of the main issues on the agenda of Armenia-EU relations.

"We are still concerned about the use of the nuclear power plant. We have repeatedly appealed to the government of Armenia asking it to develop a programme for the conservation of the nuclear plant as soon as possible," the diplomat said.

Traian Hristea also noted that after cessation of the nuclear power plant, the EU is ready to discuss alternative solutions with the Armenian government to ensure its energy security.

Metsamor NPP was built in 1970. After the devastating earthquake in Spitak in 1988 it was closed, but in 1995 despite international protests, the activities of the station were resumed. Moreover, the second reactor was launched.

Given the large number of minor earthquakes in the past 10 years in this area, as well as the intensification of seismic processes indicated by seismologist researches, in the case of a major accident taking place at Metsamor, not only Armenia, but also all countries in the Southern Caucasus and the Middle East would be seriously affected.

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