6 Jul 2004

Nuclear veterans in French Polynesia win support from Oscar Temaru

3:40 pm on 6 July 2004

French Polynesia's nuclear veterans association has received support from their new president, Oscar Temaru, on the 38th anniversary of the first nuclear test in the area.

A delegation from the association, called Moruroa e Tatou, held talks with Mr Temaru at the weekend.

Mr Temaru has reportedly agreed to a request by the association that a subcommittee be set up to look into the consequences of thirty years of nuclear testing in French Polynesia.

Nuclear veterans have just commemorated the anniversary of the first nuclear test in French Polynesia on July 2, 1966.

The tests occurred in the Moruroa and Fangataufa atolls until the so-called Pacific Experimentation Centre, run by the French army, was dismantled in 1996.