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No nuclear agreement says US

[BBC, Saturday, 6 August 2011 08:07 No Comment]

Minister says nuclear option is the cheapest way to generate energy The United States says that it did not reach any agreement with Sri Lanka to provide assistance on nuclear technology.

Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that Sri Lanka is to get technical assistance from US on nuclear and other radio-active materials that are used in civil operations.

“This (nuclear) is the cheapest way to generate energy. But there is a debate over nuclear energy after the recent tsunami in Japan,” Minister Rambukwella told journalists in Colombo on Thursday.

“Although we have opened the doors for this, we will discuss in detail when we deal with it,” he added.

But the US embassy in Colombo says in a statement that the US and Sri Lanka government did not discuss any assistance on nuclear technology.

US approached Sri Lanka government to offer assistance to remove two radioactive sources no longer in use, it said, “as part of a worldwide program to properly dispose of potentially dangerous radioactive material.”

The cabinet of ministers has appointed a committee to study US proposal.

“The U.S. Embassy and the Government of Sri Lanka have discussed this technical assistance, but have not reached any agreement,” the statement said.

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