UAE Nuclear energy programme peaceful and secure

The United Arab Emirates is developing its peaceful nuclear energy programme to address the increasing domestic demand in electricity.

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Published: Thu 23 Sep 2010, 12:22 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:43 PM

The decision to commence this programme was based on an extensive assessments of all available alternatives, in terms of economic, environmental feasibility, sustainability, and its contribution to economic diversity.

“The UAE decision to embark on this programme took into account all associated regional and international obligations, with the assurance of highest standards of safety, security and nuclear non-proliferation as main pillars,” said Dr Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, while addressing the International Atomic Energy Agency 54th General Conference in Vienna.

He said: “We renew our confidence in the leading role that the agency plays in supporting the expansion of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and our readiness to support the work of the agency in this regard.”

The UAE government hopes to establish a model for other countries that do not possess nuclear energy programmes to be able to develop national nuclear energy programmes with the full support and confidence of the international community, Dr Gargash remarked.

“The UAE considers international partnership and cooperation as the cornerstone for the success of nuclear energy programmes. This was a main pillar of the UAE policy. We believe that the technologically advanced countries should make increasing efforts to facilitate the uses of peaceful nuclear energy to the less advanced countries,” he added. —

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