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Tuesday, 25 July, 2000, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Turkey postpones first nuclear power plant

The Turkish government has postponed indefinitely plans to build the country's first nuclear power plant.

Speaking after a cabinet meeting, the prime minister, Bulent Ecevit, said the cost of the project would damage Turkey's economic reform programme, which is backed by the IMF.

He said the government also thought it best to wait until nuclear technology had improved: in the meantime, it would invest in natural gas and hydro-elecricity and examine schemes for solar- and wind-power to meet growing energy needs. Mr Ecevit said the nuclear plant could still go ahead eventually, but this would not be for at least ten years. The BBC Ankara correspondent says the decision has delighted environmentalists who had argued that the proposed site, on the Mediterranean coast, was too near an earthquake fault-line.

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