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8 Dec 2015

Minsk to host international conference on Chernobyl in April 2016

MINSK, 8 December (BelTA) – Belarus’ Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Valentin Rybakov met with Chef de Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General Edmond Mulet, and Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS of the UN Development Program Ms Cihan Sultanoglu in New York on 7 December, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

During the meeting, the Belarusian diplomat informed Edmond Mulet on the intention of Belarus to conduct a high-level international conference in Minsk dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in April 2016. Valentin Rybakov stressed the importance of this event in the context of long-term fruitful cooperation within the UN aimed at overcoming the impact of the Chernobyl accident and promoting the sustainable development of the affected regions. He also noted that Belarus is grateful to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his active role in drawing the international community’s attention and resources in order to solve this problem.

During the meeting Valentin Rybakov informed the Chef de Cabinet of Belarus' plans to promote such issues as sustainable development and international Chernobyl cooperation within the UN. “The parties agreed to work jointly to intensify efforts to prevent and overcome technological accidents in the broader context of implementation of sustainable development goals until 2030 approved at the recent UN Summit,” the press service informed.

At a meeting with Ms Cihan Sultanoglu the Belarusian diplomat conveyed the invitation to the UNDP to take part in the international conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

Valentin Rybakov and Cihan Sultanoglu discussed the progress and prospects of international cooperation on Chernobyl issues in the context of the forthcoming 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. “The Belarusian representative outlined the vision of the next stage of multilateral Chernobyl cooperation under the auspices of the UN after the completion of the United Nations Decade of Recovery and Sustainable Development of the Affected Regions in 2016,” the press service informed.

The parties agreed on joint actions to elaborate new UN approaches to the issue of Chernobyl and to organize commemorative events in April 2016.

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