30 Nov 2002

VETS HAVE JUST CALL FOR COMPENSATION

9:05 am on 30 November 2002

Two English lawyers say they expect to represent around two thousand people from New Zealand, Fiji and the U.K. in action against the British government over the nuclear test veterans.

One of the lawyers, who is in New Zealand to meet with veterans of nuclear tests, says they have every right to seek compensation from Britain's Ministry of Defence.

Mervyn Fudge and David Harris have been talking to veterans who witnessed tests during the 1950's in the Pacific.

The veterans say they and their children have a higher rate of cancer and other health problems.

Mr Harris says they hope to have the claim for damages heard next year.