JAPANESE DOCTORS AND SCIENTISTS TO EXAMINE FIJI N-TEST VETERANS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (March 29, 2002 - FM96/PINA Nius Online)---Japanese doctors and scientists are due in Fiji in May to examine military veterans exposed to British nuclear testing at the then British territory of Christmas Island (now Kiritimati, Kiribati) in the 1950s.

The Fiji veterans have been trying -- so far unsuccessfully -- to get compensation from Britain. They say they suffered various diseases as a result of exposure to the tests.

According to the secretary of the Fiji Nuclear Test Veterans Association, Tekosi Rotan, some of the alleged victims’ children were also born deformed or suffer various sicknesses.

Fiji was a British colony at the time of the tests.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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