Angola favors use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes

31 October 2007

United Nations, United States, 31 Oct – The use of nuclear power for peaceful purposes is of extreme importance to developing countries because its helps improve their socio-economic conditions, Angolan ambassador Fidelino de Figueiredo said in New York.

The ambassador, who is the permanent representative of Angola at the United Nations (UN) in Vienna, was speaking about nuclear power as part of the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly, which has been taking place in New York since the end of September.

Figueiredo added that Luanda recognized the “inalienable right: of all states to produce nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

Therefore, he said, in order to encourage greater independence by Member States, the International Atomic Energy Agency should help to build, strengthen and maintain national and regional capacities for use of nuclear power in “a safe and sustainable,” way.

In relation to nuclear checks, on the control of arms and non-proliferation, the ambassador highlighted that the government of Angola considered it was important to boost monitoring of the application of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and to move ahead with global disarmament.

Angola has been a member of the IAEA for eight years and receives the support of the Agency’s Program for Technical Cooperation, which consists of nine projects to set up the first radiotherapy center, introducing atomic medicine techniques in clinics, monitoring veterinary use waste drugs. (macauhub)