Dapkyunas invited the chairman of the UN Development Program and coordinator of Chernobyl issues Kamal Darwish to take part in the International conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the disaster, which is to take place in Minsk in April.
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Belarus, Russia and Ukraine plan to hold a meeting of the UN Quadripartite coordination committee on Chernobyl in Minsk this April. The three countries that were hit the worst by the Chernobyl accident call on the international community to enhance international cooperation to overcome the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster and resume the dialogue between the UN and relevant authorities of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The initiative was put forward in New York at an enlarged coordinating meeting that considered international Chernobyl cooperation under the aegis of UN. In his speech at the meeting Belarus’ permanent representative in the UN Andrei Dapkyunas noted that the Chernobyl resolution of the UN General Assembly passed last year had been endorsed by 69 countries, a record over the past 13 years. According to Dapkyunas, this should be enough for those who believe the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is a matter of past and ought to be crossed out of the agenda for the current sessions.