INTRODUCTION: Syria is to build a nuclear plant.
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SV Delegate seated with Syrian Prime Minister, Abdel-Raoufl Al Kasm.
SCU Syria's Electric Power Minister Dr. Omar Yousee speaking in Arabic.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Syria is to build a nuclear plant. The announcement was made on Monday (15 June) at the first Arab Nuclear Conference in Damascus by the Syrian Minister for Electric Power, Omar Yousee.
SYNOPSIS: The conference opened just eight days nuclear reactor. Ten Arab countries and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) attended the conference.
Also taking part were government and scientific organisations from France West Germany, Britain, Japan, the United States and other western countries. Representatives of the Arab League and the International Atomic Energy Agency were there as observers.
The announcement came during the opening session of the conference. Syrian Minister for Electric Power Omar Yousee said the nuclear would be finished by 1991. Dr. Yousee said the nuclear plant was needed because of increasing costs Syria would have to pay for fuel imports in the next decade. He said another factor behind the decision was the projected consumption of electric power, which is expected to increase about seven-fold in Syria. Another Arab country, the United Arab Emirates also indicated it is planning to use atomic power to generate electricity.
Although Iraq is not attending the conference, Dr. Yousee took the opportunity to comment about the Israeli air strike on one of two nuclear power stations near Baghdad. He said "the raid had been denounced by many countries and had underlined the Syrian argument that the enemy of the Arabs is International Zionism."
When the session adjourned, Syrian Prime Minister Abdel-Raouf Al Kasm left the conference hall to speak to waiting newsmen, but he gave no indication that the proposed complex was to be used for anything but peaceful purposes.