5 Aug 2005

Head of French Polynesia nuclear inquiry says participants must put politics aside

6:43 pm on 5 August 2005

The head of the commission looking into the health effects of nuclear testing in French Polynesia says it's unfortunate partisan local politics has paralysed the inquiry.

Tea Hirshon of the governing UPLD called her political opponents childish for not taking five allocated seats in her commission.

The Tahoeraa Huiraatira then accused Mrs Hirshon of using threats and blackmail.

Mrs Hirshon suggests both sides should accept growing consensus on the nuclear issue she says is now evident among MPs from the ruling UMP, Socialist and Green parties in metropolitan France.

"I think you know, all parties, now, have decided that it's time for France to acknowledge what has been done, and to assess what are the consequences on the health and the environment."