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Cablegate: Iceland Ratifies Iaea Convention On Nuclear Safety

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SUBJECT: ICELAND RATIFIES IAEA CONVENTION ON NUCLEAR SAFETY

1. (U) Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs announced via a press
release on June 25 that Iceland has ratified the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Convention on Nuclear Safety. Text of
press release follows para. 2.

2. (U) Text of the MFA press release:
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been presented
with ratification documents for the Convention on Nuclear Safety.
The ratification of the Convention will come into effect on
Iceland's behalf on September 2. Iceland has now ratified all IAEA
conventions in this area.

The aim of the convention is to institute and maintain a high level
of safety in land-based nuclear power plants around the world
through subscribing to appropriate measures in individual countries
and through international cooperation. The convention is also meant
to prevent nuclear accidents and its ramifications.

In spite of the fact that there are no nuclear power plants in
Iceland, it is important to ensure that nuclear power plants in our
neighboring states adhere to the most stringent conditions and
standards. Membership in this convention allows Iceland to monitor
the safety of nuclear power plants in those countries and
participate in discussions on safety.

By becoming a member of the Convention on Nuclear Safety, Iceland
will have ratified all of IAEA's five conventions in this area. The
other conventions are: a) The Convention on Early Notification of a
Nuclear Accident (1986), b) The Convention on Physical Protection of
Nuclear Material (1980), c) The Convention on Assistance in the Case
of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (1986), and d) The
Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the
Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (1997).

The IAEA is a forum for international cooperation on nuclear issues
that promotes the safe utilization of nuclear technology. Iceland's
representative to the IAEA chairs the IAEA Radiation Standards
Committee until 2010. In past years Iceland has made voluntary
contributions to the IAEA Technology Fund. The IAEA makes regular
requests for the participation of Icelandic experts to attend its
meetings and give lectures.

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