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SUVA, Fiji (October 19, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Fiji-based South Pacific Forum Secretariat is expected to appoint a group of independent scientists to study the impact of the shipment of plutonium and radioactive waste through the Pacific Ocean between Europe and Japan.

According to Fiji's Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Tupeni Baba, the Secretariat is currently holding talks with 16 member countries within the region on the issue.

Dr. Baba said Fiji spoke in favor of the study at the recent Forum leaders’ summit meeting in Koror, Palau.

"I pushed strongly for the need of a independent group of scientists from within the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and USP included, to determine the safety of the nuclear waste across the Pacific to Japan," he told Radio Australia.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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