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Finnish prime minister against referendum on nuclear power

Nov. 20, 2000 (M2 Communications)à‚–The Finnish parliament is well able to make a decision regarding a fifth nuclear power plant, according to the Finnish Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen.

Lipponen is against a referendum on the issue and has said that if a referendum is held on nuclear power, a referendum should also be held on whether Finland should continue to use fossil fuels. As an example, Lipponen pointed out that the use of fossil fuels had increased in Germany after the country started shutting down the production of nuclear power.

The decision regarding a new power plant should be allowed to take its time and the debate should be held on an impartial basis, Lipponen said during the prime minister’s question hour in Radio Suomi.

Separately, a recent poll shows that a majority of Finns are against another nuclear power plant, compared to a poll among the MPs last week that showed that a majority of the MPs were positive towards more nuclear power.

According to the poll, which asked Finns what they think of the issue, 55% were against a fifth nuclear power plant while 42% were in favour. The poll was carried out by Suomen Gallup.

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