Lithuania expresses concern on Belarusian nuclear project

The Lithuanian government has made known its deep concerns about Belarus’s nuclear power project near Ostroverts, close to the two countries’ borders and is demanding work be halted at the site until safety issues are addressed.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius says Belarus’s first nuclear power plant should not commence development until it proves the project complies with international treaties and nuclear safety standards.
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Two diplomatic notes have been sent to Belarus from Vilnius over the past month to protest earth-moving and other initial work for the plant.

“We have many concerns about safety and information we’ve asked for hasn’t been provided,” the premier told Lithuanian public radio. “We urge Belarus to refrain from unilateral actions, we await their response and expect them to abide by international treaties they’ve signed.”

A United Nations committee in April said Belarus wasn’t abiding by the terms of the Espoo Convention on cross-border environmental issues at the site chosen for its plant or information provided to neighboring states and the public

The Geneva-based Implementation Committee for the Espoo Convention, in its April decision, said Belarus at times approached requirements for dialogue with abutting countries as “mere formalities,” not fully addressing key issues and sometimes not responding at all to specific queries, according to Bloomberg.

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