'SL not targeting India N-plant'

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Sri Lanka has denied that it brought up the issue of safety of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu because it is angry with India for voting against it at the 19th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in March.

“The insinuation in a section of the Indian media that our request for a MoU on nuclear disaster management stems from anger over India’s vote against Sri Lanka at the UNHRC, is completely baseless and misleading,” said Dr Ranjith Wijayawardane, chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority of Sri Lanka.

“Perhaps the Indian media is not aware that Colombo had approached New Delhi for an MoU on nuclear disaster management two years ago, when it was clear that the Indian government would go ahead with the plant at Koodankulam,” Wijayawardane told Express. He said Energy Minister Champika Ranawakka was “very disappointed” when he heard about the motives attributed by a section of the Indian media.

Asked if he could confirm Ranawakka’s statement that Lanka would take up this issue of safety of the Koodankulam plant at the September session of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Wijayawardane said that the Lankan government was going to discuss something very broad, namely, IAEA’s help to meet any nuclear disaster, not just at Koodankulam.

Asked why Lanka needed to sign an MoU with India, when India had assured that the Koodankulam plant was safe, Wijayawardane said that bilateral agreements meant to facilitate international cooperation during a nuclear accident or disaster were allowed under international conventions on disaster management. But such bilateral MoUs were not mandatory, he clarified. (Express Buzz)

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  • warren Sunday, 15 April 2012 07:33 AM

    And I suppose you do?? so why is it that if Malcolm doesn't know anything you have not pointed out with facts that he is wrong?? don't be a hater just cos you don't know nothing..

    warren Sunday, 15 April 2012 07:16 AM

    So is a flying car Tharshan..but do you see any of those around?? no !! because as much as it is useful it is not a need and also very dangerous..

    Malcolm Friday, 13 April 2012 05:00 PM

    The power plant located @ indian Ocean southern tip close to Sri Lanka. It is proposed to be the Worlds Largest Nuclear power plant. Are we safe?
    No . India is not Japan, it is 100 years behind third world nation. Mighty Japan struggle to prevent dissaster spreading. Do you think India will handle this?
    If Radiation leak happens it could not only effect Sri Lanka and Maldives, it will spread to South East Asia too Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore. Radiation will be carried out by ocean currents with in no time.
    Its time to stop this.

    Yuri Thursday, 12 April 2012 12:17 PM

    Then what are you targeting!

    ibnuaboo Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:09 PM

    i aapreciate this real fact which should be brought to the notice of authorities concerned

    lal Saturday, 14 April 2012 12:36 PM

    Malcolm is spot on. An accident is more than likely. India may have a bit of know how here and there but technologically it is still backward. That money is better spent on upgrading sanitation, heathcare, education, housing that their population need. We have more concerns than US has with Iran's nuclear program. This has to be stopped. Please Australia, don't sell Uranium to India.

    valentine Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:00 PM

    How sad. Lie today, cover tomorrow and lie again.

    mani Saturday, 14 April 2012 02:57 AM

    u do not know abc of nuclear science

    tharshan Saturday, 14 April 2012 04:07 PM

    it's nice and help with our life ,,,,... dear friends plz allow this . Because it's very use full. ( DAILY MIRROR )

    marad Saturday, 14 April 2012 05:58 AM

    Especially this region prone to natural disasters. Big powers are reconsidering natural phenomenon in their future projects. We should consult our scientists and think tanks on this issue and act in a speedy manner.

    chandanafe Saturday, 14 April 2012 06:19 AM

    Please go to the google maps & then you will realize what these cunning indians are trying to do. They do not care about SL what they want is to minimize the damage to their country in the event of nuclear disaster. So try to have a sense before putting these stupid comments.

    Nodrog Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:24 AM

    Sri Lanka has all the right to be concerned about possible radiation threat in case of a disaster.

    lankan Saturday, 14 April 2012 07:48 AM

    well said chandana,
    as well as i know indians are very selfish & cruel.
    no common sense..!

    Rohan Rajapakse Saturday, 14 April 2012 09:57 AM

    This is a clear violation of sovereignty of a country like Sri Lanka. The Indians earlier tried the Sethusamudrum Project to intimidate Sri Lanka but failed due to a religious issue . Now they wants to expose all Sri Lank ans to radiation leaks if an accident happens which is certain as India is not an advanced country like Japan or USA in nuclear technology


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