Live In Naples, Grossi (Aiea): “Zaporizhzhia at risk, avoid nuclear accident”

Live In Naples opens the first day of interviews with a focus on the health conditions of Pope francesco together with the director of La Civiltà Cattolica Monsignor Antonio Spadaro and the conflict in Ukraineespecially the security of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plantwith the director general of the IAEA Rafael Mariano Grossi. The panel was opened by the mayor of Naples Gaetano Manfredi and by the director of Sky TG24 Joseph De Belliswith the challenges of the present and the future for the Campania capital and for the world (LIVE IN NAPLES, THE FIRST DAY LIVE).

Grossi: protect Zaporizhzhia, nuclear accident would be very serious

He intervened on the safety of the Zaporizhzhia plant in Ukraine Rafael Mariano Grossi, director general IAEA, who returned from his seventh trip to the territory of the plant, the scene of ever more consistent military activities: “It is not easy to resolve the situation, the military scenario is more difficult. I have seen more and more military activity – he explains – It is necessary to look for realistic alternatives to get to the protection of the plant”. But does Kiev or Moscow want to secure it? “I hope nobody wants an accident. A nuclear accident would be very serious for the whole world, not just for Russians or Ukrainians. There is no frontier for radiation danger. There are two countries at war there.”

He then explains: “It is necessary to distinguish between the plan of protection principles of Zaporizhzhia and the territorial plan. For this reason, my task is to find a balance on these points. A nuclear accident is of no interest to anyone. The important thing is to support the space of bilateral negotiation. I expect to be able to count on the support of the whole world. Will I see Putin? On the next trip I don’t know, it will depend on the consultations”.

The nuclear power plant is constantly monitored by the IAEA: “There is a permanent IAEA presence at the plant. In the last visit we rotated. We have daily reports from there. The plant is not producing energy, it works at a minimum level of activity. This makes things a little easier, but there are safety systems that need to be checked. Our experts do the technical evaluation of what is working in the plant.”

But is there optimism to ensure a safety zone? “I can’t afford pessimism – says Grossi – I have to work to ensure this and avoid a nuclear accident”

Spadaro: Pope Francis moral leader, problems passed quickly

He intervened on the conditions of Pope Francis, admitted to Gemelli in these hours after an illness Monsignor Antonio Spadaro, director of La Civiltà Cattolica: “The Pope is in an excellent mood, problems passed quickly. He is a moral leader, also necessary for the search for peace”. He then adds: “The divisions within the Church do not worry Pope Francis. The Pope’s action is incisive”. After the illness there was talk of a Pope absent from the rites of Holy Week. In the last few hours, however, there is optimism about his presence. “The physicality of the Pope is important – explains Spadaro – to perceive his presence, people want to touch the Pontiff. John Paul II showed himself with his suffering to the end. Francis does not underline his suffering, but he is not afraid to show himself on the wheelchair”.

And on Francis’ role in the search for a solution for Ukraine, Spadaro explains: “The Pope tries to bring the word peace. Vatican diplomacy is moral rather than political. The Pope’s words are an element of reconciliation. Francis wants to touch the wounds of war, but he realizes that his action must unite, reconcile. A visit from the Pope to Moscow or Kiev? In reality, there is a need for a common effort, which also involves the other actors, which calls the world to its responsibility, all imperialisms”. Is a multifaith approach to conflict resolution useful? “Yes, that’s what the Pope has been doing for a long time. Religions are part of the solution, not the problem.”

Manfredi: Naples must grow, give work to young people

At the opening, the mayor of Naples Gaetano Manfredi explained the most important challenges for the city: “The challenge is to grow, retain the talents of young people, regain the international role – he explains – we have some tools, for example the Pnrr, but there are large challenges, such as early school leaving, the need to provide training and quality work, for those who are not looking for it and for those who leave the city to look for it. Naples must be a welcoming city, not a starting point”.

De Bellis: war in Ukraine and artificial intelligence, present and future challenges

The director of Sky TG24 Giuseppe De Bellis spoke about the challenges of the present and the future for Italy and for the world, indicating the main issues that we are all facing: “What happens in Ukraine affects our lives every day – explains De Bellis – we realize that this is the most important challenge. We must never stop looking for a solution. We must understand the impacts of artificial intelligence, our new way of working and living”.