26 Jan 2006

French Polynesia's nuclear workers say leaked report good news for their compensation campaign

9:08 pm on 26 January 2006

The President of the Nuclear Workers' Association in French Polynesia says a leaked report stating that atmospheric tests on two atolls in the 1970s appears to have caused fallout in Tahiti, is unlikely to change the attitude of the French state.

The findings are contained in a report by a commission of the territorial assembly which has been published in excerpts by the local Papeete newspapers ahead of its presentation in the assembly next month.

The report, which is based on research by independent bodies, with the French defence ministry refusing cooperation, says the French state tried to downplay the effect of the tests.

Roland Oldham says it's good news for his group's campaign for compensation as it provides proof that the tests did have long term effects.

"It's not a matter of proving it anymore. We've got all the proof that we can bring there and so now I do think that the pressure in court and also the political pressure have to be used to get the French government to change their attitude."

The President of the Nuclear Workers' Association in French Polynesia, Roland Oldham.