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Monday, 14 November 2005 - Strasbourg OJ edition

One-minute speeches on matters of political importance

  Eugenijus Gentvilas (ALDE). – (LT) I would like to point out that it is the twenty-year anniversary of the infamous disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant on 26 April next year. That was a devastating catastrophe for the region and an immeasurable threat for Europe as well as the lives and health of Europeans. Tens of thousands of young people in the former Soviet Union participated in rescue operations aimed at eliminating any harmful effects on the environment as soon as possible.

Among them were citizens of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Today these are independent states and Member States of the European Union. I would like to urge the governments of those three States to pay greater attention to the victims of the Chernobyl accident, many of whom are dying, suffering from disease and facing other numerous problems.

Speaking of the new neighbourhood policy, I invite you, Mr President, to address the Governments of Ukraine, Russia, Moldova and Belarus, urging them to develop special programmes for the victims of Chernobyl, that is, those people who contributed significantly to ensuring the safety of Europe.

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