CONSEQUENCES OF FRENCH NUCLEAR TESTS

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OBSERVATOIRE DES ARMES NUCLÉAIRES' THE MONITORING GROUP OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS

Lyon, France

PRESS RELEASE January 18, 2001

The dossier on the consequences of the French nuclear tests will be put before the French Parliamentary Office for evaluations of scientific and technological decisions.

On January 17, the Defense Commission of the French National Assembly proposed that the dossier on the consequences of the French nuclear tests be put before the Parliamentary Office for evaluations of scientific and technological decisions. This proposal followed on the request of the Green deputy, Marie-Helene Aubert, and ten other Members of Parliament to install a Commission of Inquiry.

"Although this return of the dossier to the Parliamentary Office shows the embarrassment of the Defense Commission with 30 years of French nuclear history, this proposal is also an indication that the Parliament is open towards a serious examination of the consequences of the nuclear tests," says Bruno Barrillot of the Observatoire des armes nucléaires françaises.

Moreover, a number of socialist MPs, including Jean-Marc Ayrault, the president of the socialist group in the National Assembly, have expressed their support for the transfer of the dossier to the parliamentary office.

The next step for them is to concretise this decision according to the procedures of this parliamentary institute.

"The Office can receive the request to look into a dossier from the Bureau of one of the two assemblies (by it's own initiative, at the request of the president of a political group, or at the request of 60 deputies or 40 senators) of by a special or permanent commission".

The Observatoire des armes nucléaires françaises, in co-operation with the Comity Moruroa and Us in Tahiti and the Europe-Pacific Solidarity network will remain alert and will see to it that the decision of 17 January will be followed by concrete next steps. They are ready to contribute to the parliamentary reflections and will open their own files and offer their expertise on the consequences of the nuclear tests for the health and environment.

The Obervatoire des armes nucléaires françaises is a department of the Centre de Documentation et de Recherche sur la paix et les Conflits (Centre for the Documentation and Research on Peace and Conflicts).

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