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Lanka denies moving IAEA on N-plant in Kudankulam

[TOI, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 09:37 No Comment]

Sri Lanka has refuted reports that it was approaching the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against the Kudankulam nuclear plant.

Reacting to a report in TOI, R L Wijayawardana, chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) of Sri Lanka, said on Monday, "Sri Lanka has not brought up the issue of the safety of Kudankulam nuclear power plant against India’s voting at the 19th session of the UNHRC."

The Lankan statement comes as a delegation of parliamentarians from different political parties, led by leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj, left for Sri Lanka on Monday to travel across the country and see the pace of development and interact with the people.

The foreign ministry spokesperson said, "The primary focus of the delegation will be in the areas recovering from 30 years conflict in the north and east of Sri Lanka where development assistance projects are being undertaken by the government of India."

The delegation will interact with a cross section of civil society and in Colombo.

Wijayawardana said IAEA had asked Sri Lanka to "to explore the possibility of entering into an agreement with India for radiological emergency preparedness planning and management of radiological emergencies". To that end, they had approached India for a bilateral agreement but there was no response.

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