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13:41 | 2009-05-09


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RAPME Director General: Iran N. Program Peaceful

TEHRAN (FNA)- Director General of the Regional Association for Protection of Marine Environment (RAPME) Abdul Rahman al-Awazi paying a visit to Bushehr nuclear power plant emphasized Iran's nuclear program is peaceful.

There will be a dire need in energy in the future and that is why most of the regional countries want to build nuclear power stations, al-Awazi told the Iranian students news agency.

He also called for employing Iran's experience and experts for the whole region in order to expand the peaceful usage of nuclear energy.

Al-Awazi then hoped he would have the chance to visit Iran's nuclear reactor the next time he visits Bushehr station.

Director General of RAPME, meanwhile, blamed oil discovery and exploitation and oil pollutions as the most important regional marine environmental problems.

He also referred to the red tide phenomenon as the other challenge of the region saying there are different long-term plans designed to overcome the problem over a couple of years and also pilot plans that are being implemented in order to prevent negative impacts of the phenomenon.

Red tide warning-stations will be established in the region to alarm countries of the piling of algae and satellite stations dispatch photos 3 times a day to inform any unexpected phenomenon particularly the red tide, he added.

He then criticized regional governments for not paying enough attention to the environment and prioritizing economic projects.