Azerbaijani scientist: Countries in region have to define position on Metsamor nuclear power plant
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 21 / Trend I. Isabalaeva /
Countries in the region have to define their position on the threat posed by the Metsamor NPP in Armenia and reveal their views to the international community, the director of the Institute of Radiation Problems at the National Academy of Sciences Adil Garibov stated.
"Azerbaijan has repeatedly made statements on the threat posed by the existence and activities of Armenia's Metsamor NPP, however, no action is taken for its shutdown," Garibov told reporters.
According to the director of the Institute, Armenia uses the nuclear power as a strategic factor, the NPP gives it the status of a country using nuclear technologies.
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 and a second reactor launched.
Given the large number of minor earthquakes in the past 10 years in this area, as well as the intensification of seismic processes as indicated by research of seismologists, in the event of a serious accident at the Metsamor NPP not only Armenia, but also all the countries of South Caucasus and the Middle East will suffer enormously.