Energy experts of countries neighboring Armenia must be allowed to inspection of the Metsamor nuke plant which represents a big threat to the whole region, according to the president of the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan.
“Armenian side states that the Metsamor nuke plant has been inspected by no less than ten different commissions this year but the results of the inspections are not provided to the neighbor countries, which means that inspections are not transparent. This is not correct,” Mahmud Karimov told reporters.
“We demand to make these results public. Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan must be aware of the results of inspections”, he said.
According to Karimov, this issue was also raised at the IAEA’s recent general conference. At this meeting, the head of the Academy of Science of Azerbaijan spoke of the need for the experts from Armenian neighbor countries to participate in the activity of the Metsamor nuke plant.
The president of the National Academy of Science of Azerbaijan said that after the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuke plant, the security of the Armenian nuke plant has become even more pressing.
“Indeed, the Metsamor nuke plant represents a real threat for the region, since it does not meet the European standards, exhausted its resources and gone outdated. EU has repeatedly demanded to shut it down but Armenian government continues using this station and even passed a decision to build a new energy unit there”, Karimov said.
He drew attention to the fact Metsamor nuke plant is located in mountainous area. “In the event of failure, there will be water shortage for cooling the reactor and it will be very difficult to prevent the tragedy”, he said.
However foreign experts have repeatedly confirmed the safety of the Armenian NPP. For example, the IAEA's 11-member Operational Safety Review Team (OSART) for Armenia, which inspected the Armenian nuclear power plant (NPP) safety from May 16 to June 2, concluded that the plant does not pose any danger. “There is no industrial activity that does not pose any risk, but I think the results of our inspection show that this risk at Metsamor is acceptable,” Gabor Vamos, head of the OSART, said upon completion of the monitoring.