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Wednesday, June 16, 1999 Published at 23:49 GMT 00:49 UK

World: Europe

Germany opposes nuclear reactors in Ukraine

Germany has urged Ukraine not to complete two new nuclear reactors to replace the ill-fated Chernobyl power plant.

A government spokesman said Germany would be trying to persuade Ukraine to accept other -- non-nuclear -- forms, to replace the energy produced by the Chernobyl reactor.

Germany also seeks to block the approval of one-point-two billion dollars of credits for the new plants at the G-8 summit of the leading industrial countries and Russia in Cologne at the weekend.

In 1995 the then G-7 promised aid to help Ukraine to compensate for the energy produced at Chernobyl.

The former Soviet republic had pledged to shut down the Chernobyl plant which was the site of the world's worst nuclear accident in 1986. The German government has committed itself to phase out the countries own nuclear plants

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