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No objection to Koodankulam: Lanka nuclear body chief

Days after Sri Lankan Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said Colombo would oppose the Koodankulam nuclear project,the chief of the island nation’s nuclear body said that they had no such intention

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 17, 2012 12:37:57 am

Days after Sri Lankan Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka said Colombo would oppose the Koodankulam nuclear project,the chief of the island nation’s nuclear body said Monday that they had no such intention.

“Sri Lanka has not brought up the issue of the safety of Koodankulam plant against India’s voting at the 19th session of the UNHRC,” Sri Lankan Atomic Energy Authority chairman R L Wijayawardana said in a statement. India,Wijayawardana added,has every right to use nuclear technology to meet its energy requirements. “The Sri Lankan government has neither opposed nor registered their protest for any nuclear power plant on Indian soil. It is their sovereign right.”

He said there was no truth in reports that quoted Ranawaka as saying that Sri Lanka would take up the issue of Koodankulam at the IAEA session in September as it feared radiation from the plant would adversely affect it.

“The statement made to give the impression that Sri Lanka is protesting Koodankulam project is baseless and malicious,” he said.

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