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Wednesday, 26 July, 2000, 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK
Ukraine PM's surprise Chernobyl talks

The prime minister of Ukraine is unexpectedly holding talks in London about funding the closure of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.

The prime minister, Viktor Yushchenko, was meeting officials at the headquarters of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

They were discussing finance for both the repairs to the concrete sarcophagus surrounding the damaged reactor at Chernobyl, and completing new reactors at two existing nuclear power plants at Khmelnytskyi and Rivne, to take over when Chernobyl closes this year.

The Bank says it's not yet decided whether to proceed with the funding. A BBC Correspondent says that providing European money for new reactors will prove controversial, with the German government, especially, now opposing nuclear power.

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