A group of Turkish deputies submitted a joint proposal to the Office of the Speaker of Turkish Parliament last Wednesday to establish a commission to investigate the risks to Turkey posed by Armenia's Metsamor nuclear power plant, reports Zaman daily.
Recalling that Armenia's Metsamor nuclear power plant is located 16 kilometers from the Turkish border and very close to Turkey's eastern provinces of Igd?r, Kars, Ardahan and Agr?, the proposal stated: "The plant is located in an earthquake zone. After a devastating earthquake in 1988 that caused 25,000 deaths, the plant was seriously damaged and it was leaking for the next three months. Armenian authorities shut it down, but it was reopened in 1993."
In their proposal the deputies called on Armenia to shut down the plant for the safety of the region and added that Parliament should set up a parliamentary research commission to investigate the potential risks the nuclear power plant poses to Turkey's eastern provinces and the effects of the earthquake that hit southern Armenia in 1988 on the plant and the region.
To remind, Metsamor NPP consists of two Russian WWER-440 reactors. The first unit was launched in 1976, the second one in 1980. In 1989 the plant was suspended for political reasons. The second reactor was restarted in 1995.
Metsamor NPP generates almost 40% of Armenia's electricity, with no single emergency registered at the plant so far.
15:59 May 17, 2012