India has expressed appreciation for the recent visit by a team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine and said that it is looking forward to the development regarding the safety and security of nuclear power reactors and facilities of the war-hit country. following carefully. ,
After months of talks, a 14-member team from the nuclear watchdog arrived at the nuclear plant last week. Of the team, two would remain at the site, which has been under Russian control since the early days of the conflict.
India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ruchira Kamboj said on Tuesday, “India attaches great importance to ensuring the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine, as any accidents involving nuclear facilities can have serious consequences for public health and the environment.” “
Speaking at the UNSC briefing on Ukraine on the visit of the IAEA team to the Zaporizhzhya Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP), Ms Kamboj said, “We appreciate the recent visit of the IAEA team and the developments regarding the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear energy. We continue to carefully follow the reactor and facilities.”
India has noted that the IAEA will continue to have a continued presence in the ZNPP.
IAEA chief Rafael Mariano Grossi, who led the mission, described it as “historic”. The fact that the employee is now “unprecedented,” he said.
Citing the nuclear disasters at Chernobyl and Fukushima, as well as the conflict in Iraq, he recalled that agency inspectors had experienced “difficult conditions”, but it was always the latter.
“In this case we have a historical, moral imperative to prevent something from happening. And by establishing this presence, and agreeing to a special safety and security protection zone, we have an opportunity to prevent that from happening.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was seriously concerned about the situation in and around the Zaporizhzhya plant, including reports of recent shelling.
“Any damage, whether intentional or not, to Europe’s largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzhya or any other nuclear facility in Ukraine could cause devastation not only to the immediate vicinity but to the region and beyond,” he said. is,” he said.
Guterres said all steps should be taken to avoid such a scenario.
He said, “Common sense and cooperation should guide the way forward. Any action that could jeopardize the physical integrity, safety or security of a nuclear plant is unacceptable. The plant should be treated as a purely civilian infrastructure.” All efforts to re-establish it are important.”
Ms. Kamboj underlined that India attaches high priority to the IAEA’s discharge of its security measures and surveillance activities in an effective, non-discriminatory and efficient manner in accordance with its statute, and we value the agency’s efforts in this regard. “In order not to jeopardize the safety of nuclear facilities and the personnel working there, we reiterate our call for tighter mutual restraint,” she said.
He reiterated India’s continued concern over the situation in Ukraine.
Since the start of the conflict, India has consistently called for an immediate cessation of hostilities and an end to violence, she said, adding, “We have called on both sides to return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue. We support all diplomatic efforts.” To end the conflict.
India has welcomed the Secretary-General-backed initiative to open up grain exports from Ukraine via the Black Sea and facilitate exports of Russian food and fertilizers. “These efforts show that differences can be resolved through sustained dialogue and diplomacy, which has been India’s consistent position.”
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