Parliament pulls the plug on Ignalina

  • 1999-10-14
  • By Rokas M. Tracevskis
VILNIUS - Lithuania's Parliament agreed to close the first of two Chernobyl-style reactors at the Ignalina nuclear power plant by 2005, a move seen by many as an unofficial pre-condition to starting membership talks with the European Union.The decision also compels Lithuania to make a decision on the fate of the second reactor no later than 2004. The bill passed by a count of 63-31 (one abstention), thanks to support from the Parliament's Conservatives and a handful of Christian Democrats.Parliament Chairman Vytautas Landsbergis, a supporter of the plan, said prolonging the decision would o...
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