MINSK, January 15 (Itar-Tass) -- The
Belarusian Security Council has made the
final political decision to build a
nuclear power plant, a source at the
presidential press office told Itar-Tass
The decision was made at the meeting
chaired by President Alexander
Lukashenko. A draft resolution to that
effect will be submitted to the
president by the end of January.
Lukashenko called for boosting the
construction of the nuclear power plant.
“The government should work very
seriously. A delay means additional
expenditures. We should start working
and launch the project already this
year. The power plant must be built
within a short time,” he said.
The nuclear power plant is very
important for Belarus, as it is the
question of security, he said. “Several
hundreds of nuclear power plants have
been built worldwide, so there is
nothing extraordinary about the
construction of a nuclear power plant in
Belarus,” the president said.
The project will be strictly controlled,
and the quality of works must be high,
he said. “Many have taken an interest in
the prospective Belarusian nuclear power
plant. We have received many offers from
prospective sponsors from the Middle
East to Europe. The government and the
National Bank will choose the best,”
It is also necessary to start training
Belarusian personnel, who will service
the nuclear power plant. “When the power
plant is ready, we must have qualified
labor force. In the future, Belarusian
experts should be able to train
personnel for other countries,” he said.
The public understands the need for
building the nuclear power plant, the
president said. “People know that
Belarus has no alternative to the
nuclear power plant,” he noted.