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Turkey Should Reconsider Nuclear Plans, Greek President Says

March 18 (Bloomberg) -- Greek President Karolos Papoulias urged neighboring Turkey to reconsider plans to build atomic power stations after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant.

“It’s impossible at this time, when we have this disaster at the nuclear reactors in Japan that has shocked us all, that Turkey should want to build in an earthquake zone,” Papoulias said during a visit to a satellite station, according to an e-mailed transcript of his comments from his office in Athens.

Countries including China and Germany put nuclear-power development on hold after the earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant, 135 miles (217 kilometers) north of Tokyo, resulting in fires, explosions and radiation leaks.

Turkey wants to build two atomic-power plants, one near the town of Sinop on the Black Sea coast and the second at Akuyyu, 25 kilometers from a seismic fault line. Greece and Turkey are the two most seismically active nations in Europe.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should think this over “many times” and “the Europeans should intervene to prevent a disaster that would be in our own backyard, at our own doorstep,” Papoulias said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Tugwell in Athens at ptugwell1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Angela Cullen at acullen8@bloomberg.net

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