Alexander Lukashenko partakes in events to mark Chernobyl accident anniversary

MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Alexander Lukashenko partakes in events to mark Chernobyl accident anniversary

26 April 2017

Belarus and Ukraine need to step up cooperating on
Chernobyl-related issues, Belarus
President Alexander Lukashenko told reporters after the visit to the Chernobyl nuclear power
plant on 26 April.
“Both Belarusians and
Ukrainians realize that the Chernobyl
catastrophe has no borders. Our states are trying to overcome this disaster
together. We have implemented a number of joint measures in monitoring and
radiation control, agriculture and the forestry industry, coordination of
scientific and information work. We successfully cooperate within the framework
of Chernobyl
projects of international organizations,” the Pesident of Belarus said. “However,
the potential of cooperation between Belarus
and Ukraine
is not used in full. I am convinced that our scientists, doctors, ecologists,
all people working for the mitigation of the Chernobyl
consequences in Belarus and Ukraine,
protection of people’s health in Chernobyl-affected territories can do much
more.”
Alexander Lukashenko remarked
that Ukraine
is now working out a new strategy of mitigating the consequences of the
accident, plans to create a radiation ecology biosphere reserve in the
Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. “You can count on our joint work and use the
experience of the Polesye reserve,” the Belarusian leader assured.
According to the head of
state, the efforts to mitigate the consequences of the accident have given a
strong impetus to the application of innovative methods in Belarus’
agribusiness and forestry industry. “We have learned to live and work on those
territories although some time ago it seemed that it would be impossible to
bring them back to life. We are ready to share our knowledge in this field with
Ukraine,”
Alexander Lukashenko said.
“In 2016, by joint efforts we
managed to continue international Chernobyl
cooperation under the aegis of the United Nations. The interest of the global
community in our bitter and, at the same time, unique experience of mitigating
medical, ecological, social, economic consequences of the catastrophe is very
high,” the Belarusian head of state emphasized.
Alexander Lukashenko also
remarked that the attempts to make people forget about the Chernobyl accident were made in the past and
are still made. “The international community has allegedly done everything to
put this territory in order. Some people in our countries also started to
forget about the danger,” the President said.
He added that the sides have
done their best at the main international platform, the United Nations, to
prove to the whole world that the danger still exists and it is needed to fight
till all the consequences are finally mitigated.
“It is also needed to use our
experience in joint projects to restore affected territories. This can be done
with the assistance of the UN and partners,” Alexander Lukashenko assured.
The President of Belarus
added that the states allocate huge funds for the mitigation of the
consequences of the biggest man-made disaster. “Thinking about the security of
future generations, we allocate funds for protection measures at the local
level, invest in human resources, science, modern technologies, and
manufacturing,” the Belarusian leader said.
The presidents of Belarus and Ukraine
visited the Chernobyl nuclear power plant where
they inspected the construction site of the future protective shelter and the
storage of nuclear wastes, honored the memory of Chernobyl clean-up workers and victims of the
accident. The heads of state paid special attention to the efforts to ensure a
decent level of radiation safety which is especially important for the
residents of the two countries.
The heads of state were
informed about the unique technology which was used to erect the new shelter
and about the future plans to ensure the facility’s safety.