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Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:16 - Updated Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:16

Minister rules out Angola as nuclear west dump

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Luanda  - The Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Thursday in Luanda ruled out that the country could be used as a toxic or nuclear wastes dump site.

"No African country that joins the accord can serve as a nuclear waste dump,” said the official while presenting in the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament) the Bill on Angola’s adhesion to the African Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaty – Pelindaba Treaty.

As to the accord, the minister said it is intended to reinforce the nuclear weapons non-proliferation regime and contribute to world peace and general disarmament.

He stressed that Angola is part of this international treaty, but is still to ratify it.

To the Foreign minister, excepting Angola, all other southern Africa Development Community (SADC) members have already signed the "Africa Nuclear Weapon Free Zone – Pelindaba Treaty” .

The said Bill was unanimously passed at a plenary session of the Parliament presided over by the House’s acting speaker, João Lourenço.

The plenary session was attended by the ministers of State, Edeltrudes Costa, Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Pitra Neto, Transports, Augusto Tomás,  Finance, Carlos Alberto Lopes, Foreign Affairs, Georges Rebelo Chikoti, Parliamentary Affairs, Rosa Luís de Sousa Micolo, and other Angolan Executive members.