Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry has created an infographic describing the ten reasons to stop the Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia.
The construction of the Metsamor NPP started in 1970. The plant was closed after a devastating earthquake of 1988 in the town of Spitak. However, in 1995, despite numerous protests of international community, the Armenian government renewed the operation of the NPP.
A number of international experts have repeatedly urged that due to its deplorable state, the Armenian Metsamor NPP could repeat the fate of the Chernobyl NPP, thus threatening the lives of the Armenians and citizens of adjacent countries. The possible tragedy will also jeopardize the environmental state of the region. Moreover, its consequences will be felt in Europe and the Middle East.
It is noteworthy that while addressing the Council of Europe, Armenia undertook closure of the station, but has not fulfilled this commitment. Moreover, the European Union insisted on closing the NPP and offered 200 million Euro to Armenia. Despite this, the NPP is still functioning as no alternative sources of energy exist in Armenia.
Azerbaijan has repeatedly expressed its concern about the operation of the Metsamor NPP and raised this issue before international organizations.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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