16 Mar 2010

Tahiti test veterans say government too soft on Paris

11:29 am on 16 March 2010

The French Polynesian nuclear test veterans' organisation, Moruroa e tatou, has accused the government of being too soft on Paris by not firmly standing by the victims.

The government has expressed a negative opinion of the French compensation law and called for two veterans' organisation to be included in a supervisory body.

But the head of Moruroa e tatou, Roland Oldham, says the proposal is only to please Paris because the other organisation fully agrees with the defence ministry and cannot be considered to be representing victims.

Mr Oldham says government members serve their own interests.

"Our local government just wants to give a good image to the French government because a lot of those people who are in power have a lot of problems with justice."

Roland Oldham, the head of the Moruroa e tatou nuclear test veterans organisation.