"Securing highest standards of using nuclear power is among topmost priorities of the Ukrainian Government's activities and cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Ukraine's acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations Viktor Kryzhanivskyi stated, speaking at the plenary session of the UN GA 61st session, “Cabinet’s press office” reported.
Ukraine implements an important practical contribution to IAEA efforts in securing radiation safety and storing radioactive wastes, taking steps to withdraw the Chornobyl NPP from exploitation and to transform the "Shelter" facility into ecologically safe system. According to Kryzhanivsky, though the Ukrainian Government allocates many funds to this end, the final settlement of the Chornobyl issue is impossible without the international community's aid.
As the Ukrainian diplomat stressed, nuclear energy is an important element of energy independence of Ukraine. According to him, Ukraine possesses much capability in atomic technologies and supports the activities of the Agency in strengthening scientific-technical cooperation among nations in this domain.
Viktor Kryzhanivsky noted the need to enhance the role of the Agency in tightening the nuclear non-proliferation regime and ensuring the peaceful use of the atomic power. According to him, Ukraine, realizing the danger of nuclear terrorism, comprehensively supports the IAEA activities in strengthening security of storing nuclear and radiation substances, counteracting their illegal trafficking and enhancing safety of these and takes all the necessary moves to this effect at the national level.
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