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Estonian Ambassador Spoke About Nuclear Co-operation at International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference

24.09.2010

No. 288-E

Estonian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Eve-Külli Kala gave a speech today, 22 September, during the 54th IAEA General Conference in Vienna. Her speech addressed the peaceful use of nuclear technology, the future of international nuclear co-operation, and Estonia’s contribution to technical co-operation within the IAEA.

Ambassador Kala emphasised that barring the spread of nuclear weapons and preventing the misuse of nuclear technology, while still advancing the peaceful use of nuclear technology, is a complicated task. “The nuclear safety and security requirements necessary for developing nuclear energy can only be guaranteed through comprehensive co-operation with the IAEA,” she added.

Kala stated that every state has the right to choose a suitable energy strategy that would be environmentally friendly and safe. “In making its choices, Estonia dutifully takes into consideration all of its climate and pollution-related responsibilities,” the ambassador noted.

Eve-Külli Kala also thanked the IAEA for helping Estonia to advance radiation therapy and nuclear medicine, procure equipment, and train specialists. “Thanks to the valuable skills and experiences acquired through our co-operation, Estonia is now offering its expertise to other nations,” said the ambassador.

Within the framework of the IAEA General Conference, Ambassador Kala will sign the agreement outlining Estonia-IAEA technical co-operation for the years 2010-2015 and meet with IAEA Deputy Director General Ana Maria Cetto, with whom she will discuss Estonia-IAEA co-operation in radiation protection and safety. “We are happy to continue our co-operation with the IAEA, which allows us to guarantee everyone timely medical aid in the fight against cancer and in diagnosing illnesses,” said the Estonian ambassador.

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