The U.S. administration has not expressed unconditional support for plans to build nuclear power plant in Belarus

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This was announced by Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control Rose Getemyuler at a meeting with the Lithuanian parliament in Vilnius on February 9.

As BelaPAN Chairman of the Sejm on nuclear energy Rokas Zilinskas, the assistant secretary of state was asked why the U.S. administration has expressed its support for the project of the Belarusian nuclear power plant, which is being implemented in violation of international law and in a non-democratic decision-making?

Rose Getemyuler said the president of the United States Barack Obama supported the development of peaceful nuclear energy as a whole, bearing in mind the projects that are carried out in strict accordance with the requirements of the IAEA.

Zhilinskas U.S. Assistant Secretary of State reminded the Lithuanian position on the draft of the Belarusian nuclear power plant. He noted that its implementation is not transparent and is contrary to the requirements of international conventions. These conventions require countries that are going to build nuclear facilities to consult with neighbors before making decisions.

"The site chosen for the Belarusian nuclear power plant without discussing alternatives and consultations with Lithuania, and moreover, it is less than 50 kilometers from Vilnius. Such an approach is contrary to international conventions and violates the principles of good neighborliness. This is the official position of the Belarusian nuclear power plant in Lithuania", — said Zhilinskas.

About the U.S. position on the construction of nuclear power plant in Belarus was announced at a meeting of the foreign ministers of the two countries December 1, 2010 in Astana, which hosted the summit of the OSCE.

"The United States supports this activity, which includes the process of competition in the design and construction of a safe and secure station operating in accordance with IAEA safeguards. U.S. supports the efforts of Belarus at the earliest possible implementation of this commercial project," — said the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus Following the talks, Sergei Martynov and Hillary Clinton.

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