5 Aug 2008

Maohi Protesant church urges compo for French Polynesia's nuclear test victims

3:40 pm on 5 August 2008

The synod of the Maohi Protestant Church in French Polynesia has been concluded with a call on the territory's leadership to help the victims of the French nuclear weapons tests.

The synod has called for the release of some of the money which is now part of the annual French transfer aimed at transforming the territory's economy that had been dependent on military expenditure.

It has also expressed its opposition to try to mine phosphate on the atoll of Mataiva in the Tuamotu archipelago.

The church strongly criticised the politics in Tahiti, saying it has become the place of those thirsting for power which has led to incessant changes of government and changes of statutes validates by Paris.

In its statement, the church says the politicians' goal is their enrichment and the improvement of the transactions of investors.