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Commissioner Christos Papoutsis' Statement on the 10th Anniversary of Chernobyl
 
 


Date: 1996-4-26

 
Exactly 10 years ago today on 26 April 1986, reactor No.4 in Chernobyl exploded, causing about thirty victims directly and many more victims subsequently. The world thus discovered that a major nuclear disaster had just occurred and that it could have serious radiological consequences thousands of kilometers from the place of the accident.

The Commission took action to limit the consequences of the catastrophe and has drawn from it lessons for the future. For ten years efforts have been continuing to improve nuclear safety whenever possible, in particular in the east of the European continent, or to obtain the rapid closure of nuclear facilities considered too dangerous. The agreement reached between Ukraine and the G7 for the total closure of the nuclear site of Chernobyl in 2000 is a good illustration of this.

The international solidarity which became apparent the day after the accident has been strengthened, and has made it possible to organize, last Saturday in Moscow, an initial summit meeting between Russia, Ukraine and the members of the G7 - among which figured the European Union - to deal jointly with the problems of nuclear safety and non-proliferation.

While deploring the Chernobyl accident and its disastrous consequences, we can be satisfied with the progress achieved in the fields of accident prevention and safety of nuclear facilities. We must do everything in our power to ensure that Chernobyl is the last such accident we ever have.

IP/96/352
 

 

 
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