FRENCH OFFICIAL TO VISIT TAHITI OVER NUCLEAR TESTS

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Feb. 4) – An official with France's Delegation for Nuclear Safety and Radioprotection for Activities and Installations Relating to Defense, also known by the French acronym DSND, is scheduled to arrive in Tahiti Monday for a five-day visit.

Marcel Jurien de la Gravière will meet with Temaru government officials involved in the current debate over the consequences of French atmospheric and underground nuclear tests conducted between 1966 and 1996 at two remote Tuamotu atolls.

[PIR editor’s note: The Tuamotu Archipelago is located east of Tahiti in French Polynesia.]

His objective, according to a communiqué from the French High Commissioner's Office in Papeete, will be to continue a dialogue initiated last year during his two first visits to French Polynesia.

This visit, through February 10, coincides with a French Polynesia Assembly inquiry committee's scheduled public presentation of a six-month investigation into the consequences from the nuclear tests. The committee will present its report before a public Assembly session on February 9.

[PIR editor’s note: According to media coverage reports, the French Polynesia Assembly claims that France minimized and even covered up the effects of the 41 atmospheric tests conducted between 1966 and 1974 at the Tuamotu atolls of Moruroa and Fangataufa (read the story).]

February 7, 2006

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