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Upton on Nuclear Waste Shipments
23 July 1999
Kia ora, further to our previous message re the nuclear waste shipments, here is Simon Upton's somewhat low-key response ....
"We have made it very clear to France, Japan and the United Kingdom that this shipment is not welcome anywhere near New Zealand."
The Acting Foreign Minister said that the Government has made diplomatic representations in London, Paris and Tokyo to underline our opposition to any shipments of MOX and other hazardous nuclear materials that might come close to our country. We will continue to press the point. The Prime Minister is raising the issue during her current visit to Tokyo.
Mr Upton said that New Zealand will continue to raise the issue of nuclear transport in appropriate international meetings. We are supportive of the concerns of many Pacific Island states about nuclear shipments that would transit their EEZ's, and we will continue to work closely with them, particularly on the question of compensation for any accident. An interdepartmental watch group of officials is being convened to monitor the MOX shipment.
Contact: Paul Goldsmith 04 471 9794