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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, IAEA Achieve Agreement to Implement Two Projects (video)," Trend News, June 11, 2008.

Azerbaijan, Baku, 11 June /Trend News corr I. Alizade/ The National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan (NASA) and the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) achieved an agreement on implementation of two projects to construct a research reactor in Azerbaijan. “One of the projects deals with complex universal gamma radiation source and the other with development of a research nuclear reactor,” Adil Garibov, Director of NASA Radiation Institute, said to Trend News on 11 June.

On 11 June, IAEA representatives held negotiations in Baku. IAEA gave official permission to construct the first nuclear reactor in Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijani Government agreed to construct the first nuclear reactor. Construction is expected to commence in 2009, to be completed in 2010.

The Radiation Institute developed and submitted to the Government, a set of proposals to construct a nuclear station in Azerbaijan. Institute thinks it is important to create an alternative power source in the country.

“Sterilization and radiation of food may be held during the first project,” Garibov said.

According to Garibov, a final decision to implement these projects must be made by the Azerbaijani Government. “It is Government to allot place and funds for these projects. The issues will be elucidated in the near future,” he said.

Garibov said that IAEA representatives were satisfied with the results of talks.

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