Azerbaijan urges int'l community to close Armenian Metsamor NPP
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry called on international organizations to mobilize efforts to close the Armenian Metsamor nuclear power plant in its statement for April 26 - International Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl disaster, which took place 35 years ago.
"In connection with the 35th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the International Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl disaster, we express our solidarity with all countries and people affected by this tragedy," the statement reads.
The threats posed by the Metsamor plant in Armenia must be comprehensively considered by the international community, the ministry said.
The ministry also noted that this nuclear power plant was built in 1976-1980 using the same technology as the nuclear power plant in Ukraine’s Chernobyl, and is located in a seismic zone.
According to the ministry, outdated technology and location make the Metsamor nuclear power plant one of the most dangerous nuclear power plants in the world.
"Despite the fact that various international organizations call this facility a threat to the entire region, Armenia still operates the Metsamor nuclear power plant, despite the fact that its service life has expired,” the ministry further said. “In 2020, the EU again called on Armenia to close the nuclear power plant, noting that "this nuclear power plant cannot be upgraded to a level that fully meets international nuclear safety standards, and so it must be closed immediately and safely decommissioned". Outdated technology and non-observance of safety rules during the operation of the Metsamor NPP create serious environmental problems for the region.”
The ministry called on all relevant international organizations, civil society institutions dealing with nuclear safety and the environment, as well as the countries of the region to mobilize efforts to close the Metsamor nuclear power plant.