Turkey wants shutdown of nuclear plant in Armenia

The Metsamor nuclear power plant is outdated and should be urgently closed down according to Turkey's energy minister.

The Metsamor nuclear power plant is outdated and should be urgently closed down according to Turkey's energy minister.

ANKARA - The Metsamor nuclear power plant in Armenia is outdated and should be urgently closed down said Taner Yildiz, Turkey's energy minister in Igdır.

Yildiz said that Turkey has sent an official appeal to the International Atomic Energy Agency concerning the shutdown of the plant.

"The nuclear plant, which was put on line in 1980, has had a lifespan of 30 years," Yildiz said adding that Metsamor was just 16km away from Turkey's border so they should bring it to international attention and obtain support for the plant's closure. 

The Metsamor nuclear power plant produces about 40 percent of Armenia's electricity, but Turkey and Azerbaijan object to its existence as they believe it does not meet international safety standards.

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