5 Aug 2005

Tahoeraa childish over nuke inquiry, says French Polynesia inquiry head

9:13 am on 5 August 2005

The woman leading the public inquiry into the effects of nuclear testing in French Polynesia has accused the main opposition party of childishness for not taking part.

The Tahitipresse news agency reports Tea Hirshon described the behaviour of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira party as sectarian, adding the importance of her inquiry should have brought politicians together.

Mrs Hirshon says the Tahoeraa has agreed to comply with the local statutes that set up the commission.

But the Tahoeraa MP Edouard Fritsch says the party's been given five seats on the commission against its wishes and none of its MPs will take up those seats.

Mrs Hirshon says this attitude's not very constructive given the serious public health problem the inquiry seeks to address.

She says the Tahoeraa opposed the investigation as soon as it lost the initiative, and lost control of it.