Armenia to Receive $700 000 from IAEA Program

YEREVAN 22 (Noyan Tapan)–The IAEA program "Technical Assistance Co-ordination to Newly Independent States" has scheduled to offer Armenia $700,000–$250,000 of which is to re-equip the Armenian State Nuclear Inspection agency.

Under the same program the French government will allocate $60,000 to Armenia for a training program in the field of nuclear power.

As reported by Armenia’s foreign ministry–the last meeting of country donors and recipients of the program reached an agreement to provide the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant with additional equipment worth $40,000. The US voiced willingness to render all-around assistance in improving the system of export control of nuclear materials.

Armenia’submitted–for the donor countries’ consideration–a program to devise a emergency response system.

The program–"Technical Assistance Coordination for Newly Independent States" aims at developing nuclear energy in safely. For two years Armenia was provided with $1.5 million for the purpose of improving the safety at the ANPP–using nuclear technology in the field of medicine and agriculture–and retraining specialists.

According to a foreign ministry official–Armenia is the only CIS country to receive funding in such big volumes.

That he said testifies to Armenia’s consistent policy in the field of nuclear energy. For the past several years–Armenia has ratified the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty–and signed all conventions on physical protection of nuclear materials.

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