25 Jul 2005

French Polynesian commission restates nuke probe goal

3:29 pm on 25 July 2005

The head of French Polynesia's commission to look into the legacy of the French nuclear weapons tests says its only task is to find out the truth.

Tea Hirshon briefed the media amid opposition statements which she says have brought out accusations of the probe to be anti-French.

Ms Hirshon, who has been a veteran campaigner against the weapons programme, says the victims in both French Polynesia and France have the same fight.

The opposition has described the move to look into the effects of the tests by the ruling party as hateful and directed against France.

The six-month investigation by the territory's assembly was called after the leak of classified defence ministry documents detailed the risks posed to the people of the Gambier islands.