Kakodkar to meet Kiriyenko at IAEA conference in Vienna

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Moscow, Sept 15 (UNI) Indian Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar will meet with Russian Federal Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) Chief Sergei Kiriyenko during the 51st session of the General Conference of the Interntional Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), scheduled on September 17-20, in Vienna.

A Russian delegation led by Mr Kiriyenko, is leaving today to attend IAEA conference during which it will hold a series of bilateral meetings, Mr Kiriyenko's aide Sergei Novikov told Itar-Tass news agency.

While in Vienna, Mr Kiriyenko will also meet IAEA Director General Mohammed ElBaradei, US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, the head of the Chinese delegation, Sun Qin, German Ministry of Education and Research State Secretary Frieder Meyer-Krahmer, and the head of the French delegation and the Chairman of the French Atomic Energy Commission, Alain Bugat.

Ahead of the IAEA General Conference, the State Duma, ratified an additional protocol between Russia and the IAEA, which deals with its agreement with the former Soviet Union on nuclear safeguards.

The additional protocol was signed in March 2000 in Vienna. It envisages measures to control peaceful nuclear activities of signatory states under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

According to the provisions of the protocol, information is to be provided to IAEA by Russia about its nuclear exports, including an inventory of special equipment and materials to countries that have no nuclear weapons.

The protocol also envisages cooperation with non-nuclear countries in the field of the fuel cycle and exports of plutonium-containing waste, high-enriched uranium and uranium-233 to these countries.

States having nuclear weapons have the right to determine control measures proposed in the protocol, if they find them useful, on their territories for enhancing the effectiveness of the peaceful nuclear activity in a non-nuclear state.

The Russian delegation also includes the head of the Federal Service for Environmental, Technological and Nuclear Supervision, Konstantin Pulikovsky, and Academician Yevgeny Velikhov who will present the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project to the IAEA.

UNI

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