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MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 18/12/2012

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(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Kuwait backs up all global efforts contributing to enhancement of nuclear safety and security, being a mere human right, said Kuwaiti ambassador to Japan Abdulrahman Al-Otaibi, and head of state's delegation to second Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety Fukushima.

Ambassador Al-Otaibi was speaking during the three-day conference that kicked off, last Saturday. It was organized by the Japanese government, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Kuwait is committed to the IAEA work plans, including review of nuclear reactor safety measures, strengthening safety of nuclear reactors, as well as support for transparency of announcing and informing the IAEA of any radioactive releases, as well as exchange of such information with the international community, the diplomat affirmed.

Kuwait conducted, in the last few years, some studies related to establishing a nuclear reactor as a means of peaceful usage of this energy, however efforts were not completed in this field, he said.

The Gulf state called on Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries to adopt a regional project for peaceful harnessing of the nuclear energy at the council's meeting, held in Riyadh, in 2006, he stated.

Execution of this venture started by a GCC work team, including experts in the field from the member countries, besides preparing a joint emergency plan in cooperation with the IAEA, Ol-Otaibi said.

The ambassador expressed hope that Japan's technical methods of dealing with Fukushima incident and its implications turn into a model to be followed in dealing with nuclear disasters elsewhere in the world in the future.

A total of 116 countries and nine international organizations, including the IAEA, besides representative of GCC states, participated in the event.

The conference was aimed at learning lessons from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in 2011, and discussing efforts of enhancing nuclear safety.

The Kuwaiti delegation included Director General of Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research (KISR) Dr. Naji Mohamamd Al-Mutairi and KISR'S Deputy Director Chairman Nader Al-Awadi.


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