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Published: 3 january 2013 11:34

Lithuanian Prime Minister: No decision on nuclear plant yet

Algirdas Butkevičius
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Algirdas Butkevičius

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius says he cannot say as yet whether the country will build a new nuclear power plant, and also claims he misses certain documents signed by the Baltic states.

"I cannot answer this question today," Butkevičius said in an interview to the Žinių Radijas (News Radio) on Thursday when asked whether Lithuania would or would not have a new nuclear facility.

Butkevičius said that "the incumbent government and the energy minister still cannot even find certain documents signed by the Cabinet and the other Baltic states." He said he plans to ask about them during his forthcoming visit to Latvia.

"During my visit to Latvia on 10 January, I will definitely ask whether any memoranda or some other agreement on the construction of a nuclear power plant was signed. But staff of my government has so far not presented those documents defining certain directions and commitments, including financial, legal and technological, among the three Baltic states," the Lithuanian prime minister said.

The last time the Baltic prime ministers signed a memorandum on the construction of a nuclear power plant was on 20 September. Then the heads of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian governments agreed to set up an intergovernmental working group to coordinate issues important for the project at the government level.

In the statement, the prime ministers urged energy companies Visaginas Nuclear Power Plant, Eesti Energia, Latvenergo and Hitachi "to finalize talks on unresolved issues and to establish a project enterprise taking into account the results of the national referendum in Lithuania."

The statement was then issued immediately after the meeting.

Butkevičius says he soon plans to talk about the nuclear power plant project with his predecessor Andrius Kubilius.

"I believe we have to think about the state's present, especially in the field of energy, and about its future. And he (Kubilius – BNS) might even give me some information," Butkevičius said.

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