NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO INVESTIGATE FRENCH NUCLEAR TESTS IN POLYNESIA

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PAPEETE, French Polynesia (January 14, 2000 – Radio Australia)---A new three-year campaign has been launched to investigate and publicize the long-term effects of French nuclear testing on the citizenry of French Polynesia.

The "Finding the Truth" campaign is being run by World Council of Churches executive secretary John Doom, together with the Pacific Conference of Churches.

A consortium of churches and non-governmental organizations in six European countries is backing the project.

The campaigners want the French government to open up its defense archives covering 30 years of testing in French Polynesia.

They also are calling for the atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa to be registered as official French nuclear sites subject to radiological monitoring.

The campaign will provide 10,000 former test site workers from Polynesia, with independent research into the effects of the tests, and disseminate information internationally.

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