Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia Suren Papikyan delivered a speech during the Plenary Session of the 63rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) taking place in Vienna from September 15 to 18.
As reported the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures, the minister greeted the president and delegates of the conference and attached importance to further expansion and deepening of the areas of cooperation with the IAEA.
On behalf of the Government of Armenia, the minister expressed his condolences to the premature death of Director General of the Agency Yukia Amano and underscored his contribution to not only the development of the IAEA, but also to ensuring effective partnership with Armenia.
The minister stressed that the safe use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes has been and remains a priority for Armenia. “We highly appreciate the role of the IAEA and the support that it always provides to Armenia in the fulfilment of Armenia’s commitments to ensure the safety standards of the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant.”
Nearly 40 national programs have already been carried out within the scope of cooperation with the IAEA and another 7 are in progress, and Minister Papikyan voiced hope that the programs will be ongoing.
During the working visit, the minister also met with Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization Li Yong and attached importance to the expansion of the Organization’s involvement in the proportionate development programs in Armenia. In his turn, Yong expressed willingness to participate more actively in the implementation of medium-term and long-term projects.