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South Pacific Forum: Nuclear tests



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D 0 22 March 1974

SOUTH PACIFIC FORUM ; NUCLEAR TESTS

The following is the text of a statement issued yesterday

"by the South Pacific Forum, meeting at Raratonga, Cook Islands:

Members recalled the expressions of opposition to

atmospheric nuclear testing at the last three meetings of the

ForuDj„ In particular they recalled the joint declaration on

such testing made at the meeting last year» They deplored the

fact that despite the declaration, France has since carried out

a further series of tests in the South Pacific which had resulted

in the deposit of radioactive fall-out in a number of countries

in the region» ·

Members once again called on the governments responsible

for all such tests, and in particular the Government of France,

the only Government testing in the South Pacific, to heed the

views of the Forum, the calls of the United Nations General

Assembly and other international bodies and obligations under

International Law by bringing about an immediate halt to all

testing»

Members were unanimous in expressing their concern at the

potential health and other hazards to which their people and

environment were exposed as a result of radioactive fall-out

from such tests»

Members welcomed renewed efforts being made at the

international level for a ban on nuclear weapons testing in all

environments and agreed to encourage and support any constructive

moves that would preserve the human family from the hazards of

nuclear weapons testing and further the goal of nuclear arms

control and disarmament.