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Published: 25 july 2012 11:15

Labor Party vice-chair: Missing opportunity to build nuclear plant in Lithuania would be criminal

Virginija Baltraitienė
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Vice-chairwoman of Lithuania's Labor Party, Virginija Baltraitienė, pledges to campaign that people vote in support of construction of a new nuclear power plant during the upcoming referendum.

In her word, missing the opportunity to build the nuclear facility would be a crime.

"I have always said and will keep on saying in the future that a country with a nuclear power plant will be much stronger and more powerful in the European Union, missing the chance would be a crime," Baltraitienė, parliamentary vice-speaker, said in an interview to Žinių Radijas news radio on Wednesday.

She also said that people should be invited to come to the polls and state their opinion, and in case the referendum fails due to insufficient turnout, the administration would have free hands to make a decision of its choice in connection to nuclear energy.

"If people do not come, it means they're indifferent, and if the turnout is under 50 percent, it means they're letting any administration choose whatever it wants, building or not building," said one of the leaders of the Labor Party.

Lithuania's parliament announced plans to hold an advisory referendum on the N-plant plans in conjunction with the general elections on 14 October.

The Labor Party is currently in the opposition but it is leading opinion polls.

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