National Security Council Discusses Nuclear Waste Management

Armenia's National Security Council meets on Dec. 20, 2016 (Photo: president.am)
Armenia's National Security Council meets on Dec. 20, 2016 (Photo: president.am)

Armenia’s National Security Council meets on Dec. 20, 2016 (Photo: president.am)

YEREVAN (Armenpress)—Armenia’s President Serzh Sarkisian, Chairman of the National Security Council on December 20 convened the National Security Council’s session, according to the Armenian presidential press service.

Within the framework of the session’s agenda, Minister of Energy Infrastructures and Natural Resources Ashot Manukyan reported the draft “Concept of Safe Management of Radioactive Waste and Used Nuclear Fuel in the Republic of Armenia.”

The development of the concept derives from Armenia’s national security strategy and aims to ensure the continuation of secure use policy of atomic energy based on the obligations set by Armenia under the international agreements, International Atomic Energy Agency safety standards, as well as the leading international experience of secure management of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel. It aims to further improve the management system of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel in Armenia, as well as to develop cooperation between the public administration and local self-government bodies.

As a result of the discussion of the draft concept, Sarkisian attached importance on adopting that document and instructed the Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan to discuss with Manukyan and make proposals over the time frames of the Government’s strategy development deriving from the draft.

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