Iaea to Monitor Nuclear Plant Construction in Belarus

MINSK. July 31 (Interfax) - Belarus is working closely with experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the creation of a nuclear power industry in the republic, said the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

"We are working directly with the IAEA. If we build a nuclear power plant, and we have a firm intention to do so, we will be required to let the IAEA monitor the process. [The] Construction [of a nuclear plant] without cooperation with the IAEA is impossible," Belarusian Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Gaisenok told a press conference in Minsk on Thursday.

"The IAEA will not only monitor but also provide considerable support at the stages of construction of the plant," he said.

The diplomat emphasized that Belarus and the IAEA are working on a bilateral basis, including on the development of the staff potential for the nuclear power industry in Belarus and the analyses of generating electrical power for the inclusion of the nuclear power plant in the country's energy balance.

Gaisenok also said the IAEA is providing technical assistance to Belarus at the level of experts.

Gaisenok recalled that two IAEA missions have visited Belarus and given their recommendations on the security of public administration and the selection of the site to build a nuclear power plant. "Cooperation will continue," he said.