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19 Jan 2017

Belarus’ MFA urges respect for authority, opinion of international organizations regarding BelNPP

MINSK, 19 January (BelTA) – Belarus calls for respect for the authority and opinion of international organizations regarding the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (BelNPP). Spokesman for the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Dmitry Mironchik made the relevant statement commenting on remarks by Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevicius concerning the IAEA SEED mission that is underway in Belarus, BelTA has learned.

“We believe that everyone should respect the authority and opinion of international organizations that specialize in this area. Let’s provide the IAEA experts and Belarusian specialists with a chance to calmly finish their work,” Dmitry Mironchik said.

Meanwhile, he noted that the Belarusian ministry expected such comments on the matter from the Lithuanian side. “Unfortunately, our Lithuanian partners are not interested in good news. Or, let’s put it this way: no news about the BelNPP will be good enough for them. In this case this is evident as never before. One day before the press conference by the IAEA experts the Lithuanian side is doing everything to discredit the IAEA mission and their conclusions without giving the experts a chance to express their opinion,” Dmitry Mironchik pointed out.

In this context, it is noteworthy that Linas Linkevicius’s remarks were based on some letter from the IAEA Director General that he neither provided nor cited. “We cannot consider a reference to some ‘IAEA representatives’ who, according to the Lithuanian side, confirmed certain fears regarding the format of the mission as a citation. It is also remarkable that the minister chooses to contest the Belarusian side that has allegedly said that the format of the mission is up to the IAEA to choose. In fact, we did not comment on the format of the mission. We answered a question about the membership of the IAEA team,” Dmitry Mironchik explained.

The representative of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs repeated the comment that was given a week before: “The membership of the team that will conduct the SEED mission is entirely up to the IAEA. The host country can object against some experts chosen by the Agency, but the Belarusian side made no objections as to the membership of the team. We will welcome any team comprising the experts chosen by the IAEA. If anyone is wondering what criteria the Agency used to select the team members, they are free to address the question to the IAEA. But there are no Lithuanian nationals in this team of experts,” Dmitry Mironchik said.

“As you see, the Lithuanian side uses a simple trick: it refutes the statements that Lithuania claims its opponents make,” the spokesman noted.

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