3 Sep 2012

Marshall Islands President hopes for movement on radioactive waste issue

6:32 am on 3 September 2012

The President of the Marshall Islands says the country is looking forward to some movement on the issue of radioactive waste still in the Republic.

The Pacific Islands Forum leaders have called for the United States to to live up to its full obligations on the provision of adequate compensation and commitment to its responsibility for the safe resettlement of displaced populations of all affected areas.

They say the US has a special responsibility to the people of the Marshall Islands, who have been and continue to be, adversely affected as a direct result of nuclear weapons tests.

Christopher Loeak says the other Pacific leaders are supportive of including the issue of the nuclear legacy in their end of meeting Communique.

"We have movement by the United Nations, the Special Rapporteur that visited the Marshall Islands in March will report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva next month, and then we hope it will get to the United Nations."

Christopher Loeak says hosting next year's Forum leaders meeting will be an opportunity to showcase the Marshall Islands, which he says has been isolated for several years.