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GCC to discuss regional nuclear training centre

world Updated: Sep 28, 2009 14:13 IST

Representatives from the Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) are scheduled to meet in Doha on Monday to discuss various strategies in order to establish a regional nuclear training centre for GCC countries, a news report has said.

According to the official Qatar News Agency (QNA), the workshop is organised by the Qatari Ministry of Environment in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and experts in the field of nuclear energy.

The GCC and IAEA had previously reached an agreement to carry out three projects over the next two years, including establishing a training centre in the field for GCC nationals.

The other two projects are on the use of nuclear energy for generating electricity and looking into the legal and structural frameworks for the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the GCC, the QNA said adding that these two projects are designed to assure the launching of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes and determine its extent of use in the GCC states.

Meanwhile, UAE has stressed its interest in developing a program for the peaceful use of nuclear energy that stems from its desire to meet its growing needs of energy in future.

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in New York, UAE's foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan said, "We are confident that this (peaceful nuclear program) will provide an opportunity for making a positive change in the international arena." He also said that developing a peaceful nuclear energy model would chart a new course for a large group of countries for its safe use with international support.