Sarkisian, Aliyev Spar Over Nuclear Safety

President Sarkisian (third from right) at the Seoul Nuclear Summit

SEOUL, South Korea—President Serzh Sarkisian was quick to respond to Azeri President Ilham Aliyev, who on Tuesday expressed concern over Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant during a speech at the Nuclear Security Summit.

On the issue of nuclear security in the region, Aliyev said Armenia’s Nuclear Power Plant, which was built in 1976, was already outdated. “It does not meet modern standards and is located in a seismic zone.”

Calling Aliyev’s characterization another Azeri misinformation tactic, Sarkisian told the international summit that “the clear misinformation of the Azerbaijani President regarding the functioning of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant does not surprise me, because slandering Armenia has long become a common practice for Azerbaijan.

“They have been presenting distorted information about Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh from various podiums. They even distort the famous UN Resolutions on Nagorno Karabakh, forgetting that they were the ones to launch military actions. It is them making bellicose statements today and refusing to solve the Nagorno Karabakh issue on the basis of international law,” added Sarkisian.

Sarkisian said that it would be proper to take into consideration the nuclear security issues along with said that it would be correct to consider the nuclear security issues along with other corollary issues. He emphasized the need to fight against efforts to use energy resources as a political capital, saying that such maneuvering takes a heavy toll on countries which are deprived of natural energy resources and have to search for alternative ways of energy independence.

“Two out of the four immediate neighbors of Armenia have been keeping our country in a blockade for two decades, violating the norms of international law, thus leaving no alternative in regard to the choice of energy independence,” Serzh Sargsyan stated.

His message to the Nuclear Security Summit was that nuclear safety remains a priority for Armenia

“Nuclear security has been and remains a priority issue for Armenia. We have been consistently implementing programs and taking concrete steps towards creating a viable control mechanism to reach expected results,” said Sarkisian.

Sarkisian explained that Armenia has adopted a new law on dual-use items, including the control of export and transit of nuclear and radioactive materials.

“Armenia, a producer of nuclear energy, is developing comprehensive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The secure operation of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant, the elevation of its security level is among the priorities of our government. We are strongly committed to IAEA requirements for nuclear plants of that generation,” said Sarkisian. He added that “the full compliance of the operation of the ANPP to those norms has been confirmed by the OSART Mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency.”

Sarkisian also reiterate Armenia’s commitment to fighting illegal trafficking of nuclear materials, as well as its resoluteness to contribute to the international fight against terrorism.


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  1. ohannes said:

    MR.Alive i am going to name you anger dog of Caucasian plateau go head make Armenian’s day
    bark and bark when you get tire of barking let as know we will come and take more land of
    Armenian’s and liberate from dog like you go head make Armenian’s dream come true

  2. lily said:

    Azeri’s are too stupid to understand and no matter what they try to do they are still not christian in the front of Europe and Armenian’s as a christian country can do whatever they want and importantly they are following the laws. Azeri’s are working like Turks and the turkish politics is once again being followed by the Azeri’s. Aliyev thinks Armenian’s are like Persians, which they (Azeri’s) are when they do something always breaking the international law. Well said to the Armenian president with his response!

  3. David D. said:

    I will give credit to Aliyev this time. I will side with him this time.The government of Armenia shows again how corrupt it is. So buisness is more important than safety? I thought they learned the lesson with the Fukushima nuclear disaster. There is NO SAFE nuclear power plant. Human technology is so fragile, especially in a seismic zone like Armenia. We should stop endangering the beautiful land that is Armenia. Abolish the nuclear power plant before it’s too late.

    • annie said:

      You just look for an opportunity to dump you own ‘toxic waiste’ on Sarkissian & the Armenian government. I suppose you missed LTP’s “dark & cold years”.

    • Edward Demian said:

      Why don’t you try to live for several years without Electricity, running water or heating. Then tell us how to do it. You talk idealistic shit to us about shutting down the only facility that keeps Armenia alive. But we tried to live without it. It costs Armenia it’s forests. Armenia is a civilized country in a primitive neighborhood. It follows the safety rules and invites every Agency to come and inspect to make sure that they got it right. They may not be perfect, but from an international relations political maturity standpoint, Armenia is far ahead of many other countries.

  4. John Minassian said:

    There we go again . Borat Aliyev’s is spreading more lies and propaganda. If the West is concerned about nuclear safety, why don’t they put their money where their mouth is and fund the building of a new nuclear reactor.

  5. Andy said:

    David D., Armenia’s govt is corrupt but your comment makes no sense. Without Nuclear energy Armenia will go back to the “mut u tsurt” years of Levon TP. We are not the only country with Nuclear power and should be the last to be encouraged to decommission it. The power plant is always surveyed by the UN for safety, however imperfect these inspections may be.