President Mustafa Akıncı has added his voice to the anti-nuclear movement, saying that building a nuclear power plant at Akkuyu in Mersin district, poses serious risks to the region and its inhabitants.
Akıncı was addressing the 1st Environment Workshop organised by the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry on Thursday. The workshop which lasted one day was opened by remarks from President Akıncı, Speaker of the Assembly Sibel Siber, former President Mehmet Ali Talat, and Environment and Natural Resources Minister Hakan Dinçyürek. Also speaking was Recep Akdeniz who was representing the Turkish Ministry of Urban Planning and Environmental Management.
The president drew attention to the risks of nuclear energy, noting the disadvantages of building a nuclear plant in Mersin which is located near a fault line.
Akıncı also said that environmental issues were a global concern and that all countries were bound to prioritise these concerns.
Drawing attention to the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima, Akıncı said building a “nuclear plant in Mersin town is very risky as it’s in the earthquake zone. This nuclear plant can cause serious harm to the environment and all living beings”.