Federal Minister Steinmeier to meet IAEA Director General ElBaradei

15.04.2008 - Press release

Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is to meet Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on Thursday (17 April) for an exchange of views.

Alongside current international issues, the talks are to focus on nuclear non-proliferation policy and the Iranian nuclear dossier. Questions concerning the multilateralization of the nuclear fuel cycle are also to feature.

Joint opening of the International Conference on Nuclear Fuel Supply
Challenges and Opportunities

Together with the Foreign Minister, Director General ElBaradei will open the International Conference on Nuclear Fuel Supply in the morning. The two-day Conference (17-18 April) will be attended by more than 80 representatives of 32 countries and by international experts. It is being hosted by Germany, together with Britain and the Netherlands.

A growing number of countries are considering building nuclear power stations. This means there is a growing danger of uncontrolled proliferation of sensitive enrichment technology which can also be used to build nuclear weapons. The Federal Government is working to avert this danger by together seeking international solutions.

The Conference aims to launch an open dialogue between all countries on these issues. By taking part, the IAEA Director General is underscoring the importance he attaches to the question of fuel supply which is in line with non-proliferation policy.

Currently, various models on how to combine the civilian use of nuclear energy with the necessary aims of non-proliferation are being discussed in the IAEA. In June 2007, the Federal Foreign Minister circulated a proposal according to which the IAEA would be put in charge of a small ex-territorial area in which an international uranium enrichment plant could be built under its supervision (Multilateral Enrichment Sanctuary Project (MESP)).

The International Conference is not a public event.

You can find out more about the multilateralization of the nuclear fuel cycle on the Federal Foreign Office's website:

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