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3 Baltic countries to build new nuclear power plant
www.chinaview.cn 2006-02-28 10:53:21

    RIGA, Feb. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- Prime ministers of the three Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on Monday gave their approval to the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania, said reports reaching here from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

    In a joint statement issued following their talks in the Lithuanian resort of Trakai, Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, his Latvian counterpart Aigars Kalvitis and Lithuania's Algirdas Brazauskas said they "support the initiative to build a new nuclear power plant in Lithuania."

    The prime ministers invited Baltic national energy companies to invest in the project, said the statement, adding they also agreed to work out an energy strategy for the three Baltic states.

    The statement did not say when or where the new nuclear plant will be built.

    At a joint news conference after the talks, Ansip said Estonia was interested in the project and was willing to invest in it.

    Latvia's Kalvitis expressed satisfaction on the nuclear power plant agreement, saying it was a historic agreement which indicated the solidarity of the three countries on energy issues.

    Lithuania's Brazauskas appealed to the European Union and related organizations to give more attention to energy issues of the three Baltic countries. They joined the EU in May 2004.

    As part of its deal to join the bloc, Lithuania pledged to shutdown its nuclear power plant in Ignalina by 2009, which currently provides 80 percent of the country's electricity. Enditem

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