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12 Jun 2017

Belarus hails IAEA’s continued focus on safe nuclear energy development

MINSK, 12 June (BelTA) – A regular session of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) began in Vienna, Austria on 12 June, with Belarus taking part in the event, the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA.

The Belarusian delegation is led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Belarus’ representative in the IAEA Board of Governors Valentin Rybakov. The session is expected to focus on some key documents of the agency, including last year’s annual report, a report on technical cooperation, a report on implementing safeguards, draft programs and budget of the agency for 2018-2019, preparations for the forthcoming 61st session of the IAEA General Conference, and other matters concerning the day-to-day operation of the agency.

Belarus’ representative took part in discussions about the agency’s draft annual report for 2016. Valentin Rybakov mentioned the growing scope of the agency’s work in assisting the member states with reaching the sustainable development goals. The official welcomed the IAEA’s continued focus on the safe development of nuclear energy industry. He also informed participants of the discussion about the organization of the IAEA’s review missions in Belarus in 2016-2017.

Belarus’ representative also spoke about ways to step up the IAEA’s technical cooperation on behalf of the countries parties to the Treaty on Founding the Union State of Belarus and Russia. Valentin Rybakov mentioned the agency’s accomplishments in consolidating knowledge and expertise for the sake of creating technical and workforce potential and developing reliable infrastructure for mastering and developing nuclear technologies, including nuclear energy, in the IAEA member states. Valentin Rybakov spoke at length about specific examples of successful implementation of the IAEA technical cooperation program, including projects meant to develop national nuclear energy infrastructures.

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