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Burma

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received that the regime in Burma is building a nuclear reactor; and if he will make a statement. [107923]

The UK understands that Burma is building a civil nuclear research reactor at Kalagok Kyun in Mon State. Burma has acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear weapon state and the required Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) entered into force in 1995. We understand that the IAEA is aware that Russia is currently helping Burma build these facilities.