Nuclear Energy Forum Starts in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)– A forum of Regulating Bodies of Countries Operating WW reactors (water-water) started in Tsakhkadzor Wednesday. The Forum is being attended by representatives of Russia–Ukraine–Armenia–Bulgaria–Hungary–Slovakia–Czech Republic–Finland as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Chief of the Department of Technical Information of Armenia’s State Atomic Inspection Vladimir Kurginian said that the Forum will address technical issues–nuclear programs as well as discuss the problem of nuclear waste depositories.

On Tuesday–Prime Minister Armen Darbinian met with the Director of the IAEA’s safety department Annik Carnino who arrived in Armenia to participate in the forum.

Commenting on the need for such a meeting–Darbinian described the situation in Armenia’s nuclear energy sphere and multilateral cooperation with other government and international organizations aimed at ensuring nuclear safety.

The participating sides pointed out the importance of setting up a special nuclear safety commission to be headed by the prime minister. The premier thinks that by training the operating personnel and raising the professional level of specialists–IAEA can promote nuclear safety.

The Forum–which hopes to prove very effective–will last until August 28.

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