PACIFIC NUKE TEST VETS SAY FRANCE IGNORING CLAIMS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Nov. 14) - Veterans of France’s nuclear weapons tests say they will take their concerns to Paris because the French government ignored an undertaking to look into their claims.

President Jacques Chirac said in Tahiti last July that France would assume full responsibility for the testing and the matter would be reviewed by the government.

But the veterans association, Moruroa o Tatou, says despite that promise and the evidence presented about radiation-related sickness of those who served in Fangataufa and Mururoa, nothing has happened.

An association spokesman, Roland Oldham, says because of the inaction, veterans from the tests in French Polynesia and Algeria will present their case to the public in Paris in two weeks.

"Nothing has happened; completely; nothing; there is no action; but we are hoping that by the constant work that we are doing with different organizations, like Medecins du Monde, with court cases, that the French government will be forced to do something."

November 17, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

 

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