AZG Armenian Daily #039, 04/03/2005 Neighbors GEORGIA IS CONCERNED ABOUT METSAMOR NPP While France Is Concerned about Pankis Gorge Where Chemical and Biological Weapons Are Produced "Georgia is concerned with the fact that a nuclear power plant is situated near its borders," Gela Bezhuashvili said, secretary of the Georgian National Security Council on March 1. According to Liberty Radio Station, touching upon the dangers threatening Georgia, Bezhuashvili told the journalists that the Metsamor nuclear power plant is situated in a seismic country and each accident can cause an ecological disaster that "will be fatal for the whole region." It's worth reminding that for many years and even today the electricity generated at the Metsamor NPP is being exported to Georgia at much lower prices than the Armenian consumer pays. For many times, the Georgian officials expressed their deep gratitude to Armenia for providing them with electricity. The EU and the US call for Armenia to close Metsamor NPP, suggesting 100 million euros against that. Meanwhile, the Yerevan authorities do not mention that the country needs $1 billion for proceeding alternative energy plants. While Georgia is concerned about the Metsamor NPP, France is concerned about Pankis gorge in Georgia. "The international terrorists produce chemical and biological weapons in Pankis gorge," Dominique de Villepin, French home affairs minister, stated at the scientific conference dedicated to the issues of biological terrorism held in Lyon, on March 1. According to Georgian Kavkazpress agency, there are documents at disposal of the French special services that testify to the fact that Al Qaeda generates biological weapon of mass destruction near the Georgian border with Chechnya. French minister stated that the Al Qaeda groups trained in Afghanistan moved to Georgia and continue experiments in generating chemical and biological weapons in Pankis gorge. According to Interfax, Vano Merabishvili, Georgian home affairs minister, commenting on the statement made by his French colleague, said that Tbilisi has no information on that.