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UN chief to visit Chernobyl next week

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 19 as part of his trip through Eastern Europe, Ban's spokesman Farhan Haq said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2011 08:43 IST

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 19 as part of his trip through Eastern Europe, Ban's spokesman Farhan Haq said on Tuesday.

Ban sets off for the Czech Republic April 15 before going to Hungary, Ukraine and Russia.

The main focus of the tour is nuclear safety issues, and Ban will attend a nuclear summit in Kiev devoted to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which happened April 26, 1986.

Following the recent accident at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, Ban will discuss measures on toughening nuclear safety standards with Russian and Ukrainian officials.