MEETING DISCUSSES CONCERNS OVER PACIFIC BEING USED FOR SPACE DUMP

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ALOFI, Niue (April 2, 2001 - Niue Economic Review/PINA Nius Online)---New Zealand, Australian and Latin American government ministers have raised concerns over the dumping of space debris, such as from the Russian Mir space station last month, in the Pacific Ocean.

The matter was raised during the Forum for East Asia - Latin American Cooperation in Chile.

New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff said the group wonders why other nations take it for granted that the Pacific can be used as a dumping ground.

Mr. Goff said the ministers are pushing for international discussions to establish regulations for the return to Earth of space objects.

Mr. Goff said the talks also would include hazardous wastes and the protection of ocean life.

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