Czech government: Temelin is safe

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The Czech government claims that the country is able to guarantee the safe operation of the nuclear power station at Temelin, South Bohemia. Czech deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Spidla rejected calls by German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer to shut Temelin down. The plant has come under severe criticism from neighbouring Austria and Germany for its alleged low safety standards. However, Mr Spidla stressed that all known technology and procedures have been applied to ensure the maximum safety of the power station.