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IAEA | Proposal for Ukraine Nuclear Safety Zone Wins Support as Talks Begin on Its Establishment, 22 Sep by Fredrik Dahl
detailed talks have now begun with Ukraine and Russia aimed at agreeing and implementing it as soon as possible, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today after a series of high-level meetings in New York this week.

In a sign of growing momentum for such a zone to protect Europe's largest nuclear power plant, French President Emmanuel Macron yesterday hosted an event in New York to discuss the safety and security of civilian nuclear facilities in armed conflicts that was also attended by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell as well as foreign ministers and senior officials from several other countries.
After the meeting, chaired by President Macron and Director General Grossi, a statement was issued by nine countries welcoming this month's IAEA Support and Assistance Mission to Zaporizhzhya (ISAMZ) and supporting the Agency's efforts to maintain a continued presence there.
Further underlining the need for such a zone, there has been renewed shelling at the ZNPP site this week, damaging electrical cables and temporarily forcing one of the six reactor units to rely on emergency diesel generators.
While in New York, Director General Grossi separately also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, as part of talks with all parties aimed at reaching an agreement soon on the zone's establishment.

The Director General first proposed such a zone in a report issued a few days after his  mission to the ZNPP, saying shelling there over the past several weeks represented a "constant threat to nuclear safety and security...

IAEA Governors (2021-2022): AR, AU, AT, BR, BI, CA, CN, CO, CZ, EG, FI, FR, DE, GT, IN, IE, JP, KR, LY, MY, MX, NZ, PK, PE, PL, RU, SG, SI, ZA, ES, CH, AE, UK, US, VN
The statement was issued by senior representatives of the following countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy [?], the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Ukraine [?], and the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
diplomatie.gouv.fr | Joint statement - High-level meeting on the safety and security of civil nuclear facilities in armed conflicts, 9 Sep 2022
"...Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ukraine and senior officials from the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, the United States of America, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy..."

Ukriform | IAEA starts consultations with Ukraine, Russia regarding safety zone at ZNPP, 22 Sep
"The IAEA chief wrote this on Twitter, Ukrinform reports. Grossi also added that he had started similar consultations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov."

by Cat on Thu Sep 22nd, 2022 at 09:28:47 PM EST
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