Turkey to apply to international organisations to close Metsamor NPP
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 30 /Trend A.Tagiyeva/
The activity of Metsamor (Armenian) NPP, the life of which has expired, is a greater threat to the entire region, so Turkey will appeal to all international organisations for its closure, Turkish MP Sinan Ogan told Trend.
Ogan said the activities of Metsamor NPP are equivalent to the risk of an atomic explosion, not only for Turkey, but also for the entire region, including Armenia.
"Turkey is using international law and will appeal to all international organisations to close the Metsamor nuclear power plant" Ogan said.
He added that the Turkish parliament has launched a campaign to close Metsamor NPP, but it is too early to talk about the results of this work. The MP also noted the role of NGOs in the campaign and cooperation of non-governmental organisations in the region.
"As a member of the Turkish parliament, I encourage all non-governmental organisations in the region to become more involved in the campaign to close the Metsamor nuclear power plant, as its activities endanger the lives of all the inhabitants of the region," the MP said.
Earlier, Turkish media reported that the Armenian government has decided to extend the work of Metsamor until 2023.
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 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 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 seriously suffer.