NEW FRENCH POLYNESIA NUCLEAR CHECK NEEDED: VOYNET

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PAPEETE, French Polynesia (August 6, 1998 - Daily Post/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---French Environment Minister Dominique Voynet has called for an inquiry into 30 years of nuclear testing in French Polynesia to be completed.

She said she was not reassured by the initial study results.

Voynet, on a five-day official visit to French Polynesia, said from Papeete yesterday that the results of the inquiry by the International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA) were "only partially reassuring, raising a number of questions, and should therefore be completed."

The minister, who was last in the French overseas dependency in 1995 as president of the Green Party when President Jacques Chirac stepped up nuclear testing, said her anti-nuclear convictions "have not changed," but the end of testing had "totally modified the text."

Voynet said she remained "vigilant" about the report on French nuclear test sites.

The French Ministry of Defense last Thursday released a report saying there was "no relation" between cancer cases in French Polynesia and French atmospheric nuclear tests in the region in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Title -- 1614 ENVIRONMENT: New call for Moruroa inquiry Date -- 6 August 1998 Byline -- None Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Daily Post (Fiji), 6/8/98 Copyright -- Daily Post/Agencies Status -- Unabridged

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