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Foreign Minister Urmas Paet: readiness to prevent nuclear catastrophe must be improved

23.09.2011

No. 305-E

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said at the UN's high-level meeting on nuclear safety in New York today that the events at Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan were a wake-up call for the entire world's nuclear power industry. "What happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant showed that even in a country with a very highly advanced nuclear technologies and high safety standards, accidents can happen and that this risk cannot be underestimated," Paet said in his address.

Paet noted that the share of nuclear energy in the world's energy output will presumably grow in future. "Many countries will not abandon nuclear energy generation, as it helps them decrease greenhouse gas emissions. Estonia also considers it important that energy resources be as multifaceted as possible."

The Estonian foreign minister stressed that to increase the safety of nuclear power, cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency is very important, as is, based on the lessons from Fukushima, improving readiness to stave off nuclear disaster. "It is important now to ensure transparency and restore confidence in nuclear energy," added Paet.

The high-level nuclear safety themed meeting convened by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is aimed at having an international discussion for the peaceful and safe use of nuclear energy.

 

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