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Director General Visits Peru

Yukiya Amano and Antonio Garcia Belaunde

On 28 June 2011, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano met the Peruvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Antonio Garcia Belaunde, at the Foreign Ministry in Lima, Peru.

On 28 June 2011, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano began an official two-day visit to Peru.

The Director General met the Peruvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Antonio Garcia Belaunde. Also in Lima, he met the Vice Minister for Energy and Mines, Luis Gonzales Talledo, and the President of Peruvian Institute of Nuclear Energy (IPEN), Carlos Federico Barreda. The Director General then received a briefing at the National Cancer Research Institute (INEN) by Dr. Carlos Vallejos Sologuren, INEN's Director General.

At the National Agrarian University - La Molina in Lima, the Director General together with Dr. Abel Mejia Marcacuzco, the University's Rector, visited the University's Food Programme that cooperates with the IAEA in breeding grain varieties, supporting the national effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and fight poverty.

The trip's initial day concluded with the Director General's address to the Diplomatic Academy of Peru, highlighting the IAEA's contribution to peace, security and international development.

During the second and final day of the visit at the Oscar Miro Quesada de la Guerra Nuclear Centre north of Lima, the Director General was briefed by IPEN President Barreda on the nuclear reactor facility, the radioisotopes plant that produces molybdenum-99 used widely in cancer therapy, and the dosimetry laboratory.

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-- By Peter Kaiser, IAEA Division of Public Information


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