27 Jan 2015

Fiji expected to announce nuclear test compensation

4:37 pm on 27 January 2015

Fiji's government is expected to announce this week that veterans of British nuclear weapons tests at Christmas Island will be compensated.

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Christamas Island Photo: RNZ

The Fiji Sun says Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama will make the announcement on Friday, and will bring to a close a decades-long campaign for compensation for health effects related to the nuclear testing.

In 1958, more than 70 Fijian soldiers were sent to Christmas Island, which today is part of Kiribati, to assist in the weapons tests.

The veterans claim they have suffered serious illness as a result of radiation, including cancers and deformities in their children.