IAEA Assists Armenia’s Nuclear Industry

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–International Atomic Energy Agency’s "Legislative Assistance For the Utilization of Nuclear Energy" project is currently being implemented in Armenia.

The project aims–first of all–at reviewing the entire nuclear legislative system in target countries. Sources report that the implementation of the project is due for completion in 2000. Total funding provided under the project is $680,000.

Similar projects are being implemented in Belarus–Georgia–Kazakhstan–Ukraine–Lithuania and other former Soviet republics.

The project says that the absence of relevant laws and regulations in the target countries hampers transport export/import control of radioactive materials–physical protection of nuclear installations and nuclear material.

At the same time it is said that the assistance to be provided under the project has to be "tailor made" to suit the particular needs of the country covered and it has to be implemented in close and continuous cooperation with the competent institutions of the country.

Under the project–the Agency will provide necessary coordination and funding for the provision of expert services and training through workshops–seminars to enable the nuclear legislative system to support issues concerning the safe operation of nuclear installations and the safe handling of radioactive materials–the requirement of international treaties and conventions.

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