Elena Sparrow 20:24, 09/15/22 UNIAN
Only two countries voted against the resolution – Russia and China.
The Board of Governors at the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), which is made up of representatives from 35 UN member countries, has adopted a resolution demanding Russia end its occupation of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant in Ukraine.
According to Reuters , this was announced by diplomats at a closed meeting.
This is the second resolution on the Russian invasion of Ukraine adopted by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and their content is very similar, although the first resolution in March preceded the takeover by Russian troops of the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe.
The text of the resolution states that the IAEA board calls on Russia to “immediately cease all actions against and in relation to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant and any other nuclear facilities in Ukraine.” 26 countries voted for the approval of the resolution, two voted against (the Russian Federation and China). Another seven representatives of UN member states abstained and did not vote. According to the newspaper, Egypt, South Africa, Senegal, Burundi, Vietnam, India and Pakistan “could not decide”.
The IAEA added that they “deplore the ongoing violent actions of the Russian Federation against nuclear facilities in Ukraine, including the continued presence of Russian forces and (Russian nuclear authority) Rosatom personnel at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant.”
The war in Ukraine and the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant: what is known
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russian invaders seized the ZNPP and the satellite town of Energodar on March 4. Russia refuses to create a demilitarized zone around the ZNPP. The invaders periodically fire at the nuclear power plant and the area around it.
At the request of the government of Ukraine , the IAEA formed a mission to visit the power plant seized by the invaders. In early September, an IAEA mission visited the Zaporozhye NPP.
On September 2, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi announced that two of the organization’s experts would continue to work at nuclear power plants on a permanent basis. Grossi also proposed to the UN Security Council to create a zone of nuclear safety and protection at the ZNPP.
On September 11, Energoatom reported that the 6th power unit of the ZNPP, the last one in operation, was disconnected from the power grid . Thus, it began to be transferred to a “cold” state.
On September 12, it became known that ZNPP was connected to the Ukrainian power grid and received the necessary energy to cool non-operating power units.