28 Sep 2011

Marshall Islands reminds UN of nuclear responsibilities

6:40 pm on 28 September 2011

The Marshall Islands has called on the United Nations to acknowledge and address the consequences of nuclear testing 60 years ago.

In an address to the 66th meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York the Foreign Minister highlighted the support pledged by leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum for the Marshall Islands' bid to get the UN to take action.

John Silk told the Assembly that the Secretary-General had neglected a critical opportunity to get some traction on the issue and suggested the UN had yet to come to terms with or even acknowledge the decision it took six decades ago on nuclear safety.

Mr Silk says the impact of nuclear testing isn't the only wartime legacy, citing unexploded ordnance and oil leakage as persistent problems for outer island communities.