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Joint statement on the implementation of nuclear safety standards and international recommendations in the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant in Ostrovets
Joint statement by Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland on the implementation of nuclear safety standards and international recommendations in the Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant in Ostrovets (delivered to the Director General of IAEA and State Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety on September 14, 2020)
Referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safety standards and fundamental safety principles,
Recognizing the importance of maintaining and strengthening nuclear safety worldwide,
Taking into consideration the legitimate nuclear safety concerns in particular of neighboring countries,
Taking into account that the 8th Review Meeting of Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) had to be postponed till March 2021,
Taking into account that during the review of the 8th National Report of the Republic of Belarus in total 239 questions and 8 potential challenges were proposed to the Republic of Belarus by the Contracting Parties of the CNS,
Also taking into account that Belarus finished loading nuclear fuel to the Belarusian NPP already on 20 August 2020,
Recognizing that it might be too late to discuss the aforementioned safety issues and the status of their resolution during the 8th Review Meeting in March 2021, since the Belarusian NPP might be already in operation without resolution of numerous nuclear safety issues, and that unanswered questions and shortcomings that have not been eliminated before commissioning could turn into additional unjustified and unacceptable risk for population and environment in the very centre of Europe,
Also, having regard to the limited progress from Belarus implementing the important safety recommendations provided in the EU peer review report of the Belarus NPP ‘stress tests’ of July 2018,
We urge Belarus:
- to start solving all nuclear safety issues raised in the questions posted by CNS contracting parties without any delay;
- to transparently cooperate with the Contracting Parties of the CNS in providing all relevant information and answers to the issues raised;
- to voluntarily engage into a fair assessment process of the progress made;
- to actively engage into the implementation of all safety recommendations provided in the EU peer review report of the Belarus NPP ‘stress tests’;
- to solve in due time the remaining nuclear safety and environmental issues, raised by the highly qualified experts of the EU and all international community.
The following countries align themselves with this statement: Estonia, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland.