Statement on the nuclear power plant construction in Astravets
The organisers of the march "Chernobyl Way-2017", which will take place on 26 April 2017 in Minsk, support the statement of the round table "Stop the nuclear power plant construction in Belarus!":
Stop the construction of the nuclear power plant in Belarus!
The construction of the nuclear power plant continues in Astravets (Hrodna voblast, Belarus). The decision to build a nuclear power plant in the country, which in 1986 received dramatic consequences of the Chernobyl disaster, was made by the state authorities despite the clear negative opinion of the public, independent and international experts.
Construction of a nuclear power plant on Astravets site is out of question: the experts have proved the dangers of this location for a nuclear power plant.
Over the past few months a number of accidents and fatalities have taken place on the construction site. The contractor had to replace the reactor, which fell from the height of the ground, however, aslo the new reactor was also damaged during its transportation to Astravets.
We, the participants of the round table "Stop the nuclear power plant construction in Belarus!", express our indignation at the fact that, despite the threats related to the selected site, serious accidents, the construction of a nuclear power plant according to the Russian project continues in the area of Astravets, Belarus.
Repeated incidents during the construction and installation of the reactor confirm the gloomiest forecasts of the experts, observers, environmentalists and residents of Belarus: the launch of the NPP in Astravets can result in a catastrophe for our country and for European countries.
We urge the authorities to immediately stop the construction of nuclear power plants.
We urge the international community, experts and leaders of the democratic forces to prepare and carry out a representative conference in Minsk dedicated to the discussion and development of ways to stop the construction at Astravets NPP.
We call on the representatives of the Belarusian democratic forces and environmental movements to organize the march "Chernobyl Way-2017" on 26 April, 2017, under the slogan "Stop the nuclear power plant in Belarus!".
Heorhi Lepin,physicist, doctor of technical sciences, professor
Mikalai Dubavy, academician of the International Academy of Information Technologies, Minsk
Pavel Seviarynets, co-chairman of the Belarusian Christian Democracy Party
Aliaksei Yanukevich, chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front Party
Iryna Veshtard, chairwoman of the Belarusian Social Democratic Party "Hramada"
Dmitry Kuchuk, representative of the Belarusian Green Party
Mikalai Ulasevich, coordinator of the campaign "Stop nuclear power plant in Belarus!", Astravets district
Ivan Kruk, representative of the United Civil Party, Astravets
Mikalai Autukhovich, head of the trade union of entrepreneurs "Solidarity"