Lanka says no deal with Pakistan on nuclear plant

The government today denied Indian media reports that it was to build a nuclear power plant in the east of the country with the assistance from Pakistan.

The Minister of Power and Energy Champika Ranawaka said that reports to that effect were misleading and could harm the relations Sri Lanka has with its neighbors.

Reports in India this week had claimed that Sri Lanka was to have discussions with Pakistan for the setting up of a nuclear power plant in Sampur, Trincomallee in eastern Sri Lanka.

India was reported to have been concerned over the news and the Indian media said that the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ashok Kantha had briefed senior officials in India regarding Pakistan’s proposal.

“Sri Lanka has no agreement with any country for a nuclear power station. The false reports are harming cordial relations between countries paving the way for despites,” Ranawaka said at a special media briefing held on the issue today.

Sri Lanka’s Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) had last month decided on taking measures to establish a warning system to be on alert of a possible radiation leak from nearby countries.

Following the request of AEA, the International Atomic Energy Authority decided to help Sri Lanka set up seven early warning detectors in the country.

The need for an early warning system was mostly felt following after India prepared to commission the Kudankulam nuclear power station in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.