Austrian chancellor reaffirms stand on Slovak nuclear reactors construction

08:38, September 13, 2010      

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Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann met Slovakian Prime Minister Iveta Radicova at a working lunch Sunday in Vienna, reaffirming his stand on the extension of Slovak nuclear power plant, according to a press release on Sunday.

At the working lunch, Faymann expressed his deep concern about the construction of two remaining reactors of the Mechovce Nuclear Power Plant located in eastern Slovakia, about 100 km from the border with Austria.

"Austria's attitude is clear, we are skeptical about the German plans and we are very critical in terms of every nuclear power plants extension in any neighboring country," he said.

"For me it is clear that Austria is in a minority position in the Europe Union and a strong nuclear lobby exists against us, but I am still going to use all available means in the EU to defend my country against the further extension of the nuclear power plant," he added.

Meanwhile, Faymann stressed that Austria must be fully involved in the security dialogue and all facts on the extension should be laid on the table.

Slovak authorities have completed an environmental impact assessment of building the two remaining nuclear reactors in May but without participation of the Austrian side.

It was once interpreted by Austrian Environment Minister Niki Berlakovich as a "massive disruption of the good neighborly relations between Slovakia and Austria."

In this regard, Radicova said, "I recognize the objection of Austria and I apologize for that Austria has known about the decision made by the Slovak government from media reports."

Source: Xinhua


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