SPECIAL MARSHALL ISLANDS-U.S. FOOD PROGRAM TO CONTINUE

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WASHINGTON, D. C. (September 24, 1997 PIDP/CPIS)---The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously approved a bill to continue a special food program for the residents of Eniwetok and Bikini atolls in the Marshall Islands who were displaced by U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s.

The U.S. - Marshall Islands Compact of Free Association, which took effect in 1986, provided funding of the Eniwetok Food and Agricultural Program for ten years. Today's House of Representatives action, when approved by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Bill Clinton, will extend the special food program for another five years.

Guam Congressman Robert Underwood, who supported the extension, said the United States "has a unique relationship with the Marshall Islands" which needs our continued "support and understanding."

Although U.S. nuclear testing in the Marshalls ended in the 1950s, Kwajalein Atoll still is used by the United States as a missile testing site.

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