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RIA Novosti

LONDON, March 16 (RIA Novosti, Alexander Smotrov, Kristina Rodriguez) - A three-day international conference on nuclear security, Global Directions for the Future, is opening in London on Wednesday.

According to the organizing committee of the forum, the main organizer of the event is the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) assisted by the European Commission, the Interpol, the Europol, and the World Customs Organization. The hosting side is the UK government.

The first day of the conference will be devoted to achievements and mistakes in consolidating international nuclear security. The second day will highlight the international non-proliferation regime and the IAEA's role in the process. The concluding day of the conference, March 18, will be devoted to debates and reports on how to find a common understanding of the ways of countering the global threat of nuclear terrorism. Quite possibly, the Iranian nuclear program will be touched upon in the context of nuclear security and non-proliferation.

The main reporters at the conference will be Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA director general, who will open the forum on Wednesday, British Foreign Office Minister Baroness Simons, and influential US Senator Sam Nunn.

The program of the conference features three reports of Russian participants: Anatoly Kotelnikov, the deputy head of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Power; Vadim Prostakov, the deputy head of the department for protecting information, nuclear materials and facilities of the Nuclear Energy Ministry; and Andrei Malyshev, the head of the State Service for Nuclear, Technological and Environmental Supervision.

No resolutions will be submitted for consideration, nor will there be any voting, the organizing committee of the conference specified.

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