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Wednesday, July 22, 1998 Published at 23:14 GMT 00:14 UK

World: Europe

Gore visiting Chernobyl

The United States Vice-President, Al Gore, who's visiting Ukraine, is due to inspect the Chernobyl nuclear power plant today , where the world's worst nuclear accident occurred in 1986.

Mr Gore has asked Ukraine to keep a promise to close Chernobyl by the year 2000.

Ukrainian officials say the country first needs one point two billion dollars to compensate for lost energy.

Ukraine also wants aid seven hundred and fifty million dollarsto shore up the concrete sarcophagus over the reactor that exploded.

In talks with President Leonid Kuchma on Wednesday, Mr Gore said Ukraine must step up economic reforms to qualify for an emergency loan

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