Baku: Met­samor NPP is huge threat to lives of mil­lions

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Azer­bai­jan has once again called on in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to pay at­ten­tion to the se­ri­ous threat posed by the Met­samor Nu­clear Power Plant (NPP) us­ing the same tech­nol­ogy as the Chernobyl NPP.

The coun­try, on the day of re­mem­brance of the Chernobyl tragedy, ex­press­ing sol­i­dar­ity with those suf­fered from this tragedy in Be­larus, Ukraine and Rus­sia, re­minds that the Met­samor NPP is a huge threat to the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple in the re­gion, Azer­bai­jani For­eign Min­istry’s Spokesman Hik­mat Ha­jiyev said on April 26.

Ha­jiyev noted that the Met­samor NPP was con­structed on the ba­sis of the tech­nol­ogy used for the Chernobyl NPP, which suf­fered a cat­a­strophic nu­clear ac­ci­dent in 1986.

“More­over, no sig­nif­i­cant over­haul has been car­ried out there since its con­struc­tion in 1976. Be­sides, the NPP is lo­cated in the seis­mi­cally ac­tive zone. Ar­me­nia doesn’t have funds to main­tain the sta­tion in line with the tech­ni­cal safety re­quire­ments,” added Ha­jiyev.

A num­ber of in­ter­na­tional ex­perts have re­peat­edly urged that due to its de­plorable state, the Ar­me­nian Met­samor NPP could re­peat the fate of the Chernobyl NPP, thus threat­en­ing the lives of the Ar­me­ni­ans and cit­i­zens of ad­ja­cent coun­tries. The pos­si­ble tragedy will also jeop­ar­dize the en­vi­ron­men­tal state of the re­gion, and its con­se­quences will be felt in Europe and the Mid­dle East.

Ha­jiyev re­minded that the Na­tional Geo­graphic pub­li­ca­tion named the Met­samor NPP the most dan­ger­ous of all ex­ist­ing nu­clear power plants.

“Ar­me­nia con­tin­ues to op­er­ate the NPP that has ex­hausted all pos­si­ble tech­ni­cal re­sources, thus demon­strat­ing its ir­re­spon­si­ble be­hav­ior to the world com­mu­nity,” said Ha­jiyev.

The spokesman noted that in­stead of try­ing to draw lessons from the ac­ci­dent at the Chernobyl NPP, the Ar­me­nian lead­er­ship cre­ates the pre­con­di­tions for a nu­clear catas­tro­phe by its cyn­i­cal ap­proach, thus threat­en­ing the lives of mil­lions of peo­ple liv­ing in the vast re­gion of the Caspian, Black and Mediter­ranean seas.

“Such a pol­icy of Ar­me­nia is a gross vi­o­la­tion of in­ter­na­tional law,” said Ha­jiyev, fur­ther call­ing on in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and or­ga­ni­za­tions to mul­ti­ply ef­forts to stop the ac­tiv­ity of the Met­samor NPP.

On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nu­clear power plant in Ukraine ex­ploded, cre­at­ing what has been de­scribed as the worst nu­clear dis­as­ter the world has ever seen.

The ac­ci­dent caused the largest un­con­trolled ra­dioac­tive re­lease into the en­vi­ron­ment ever recorded for any civil­ian op­er­a­tion, and large quan­ti­ties of ra­dioac­tive sub­stances were re­leased into the air for about 10 days. This caused se­ri­ous so­cial and eco­nomic disruption for large pop­u­la­tions in Be­larus, Rus­sia and Ukraine.

Chernobyl is not a his­tor­i­cal event in Ukraine but a liv­ing re­al­ity for an un­quan­tifi­able num­ber of peo­ple. More than 3,500 peo­ple died, and more suf­fered ill­nesses, par­tic­u­larly can­cers, be­cause of ex­po­sure to high lev­els of ra­di­a­tion.

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