APIA, 07 SEPTEMBER 2017 (RADIO KIRIBATI)-Kiribati has strongly supported the issue of nuclear contamination compensation raised by the Marshall Islands.

“I gave my support on that together with my other colleagues knowing very well that although the Marshall Islands and probably the French Territories are facing this challenge, it’s not only their challenge, it is also the challenge of the Pacific.


President Maamau said Kiribati supported the Marshall Island’s stance on nuclear contamination compensation because it also has its own nuclear issue.

“We support that in that context and also we also have our own issue though we have silently taken them up with the proper authorities by way of the issue in Christmas Island”.

“In two parliament sessions there were questions raised by MPs concerning the war compensations to islands of Kiribati that were affected during World War II in Tarawa and a couple of islands and there were questions that were pointing to the way compensations could be addressed and encouraging these nuclear war issues.

Asked whether or not his country will be signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons at the UN General Assembly later this month, President Taneti Maamau said it’s up to the Kiribati Cabinet to decide.

“Whether they are nuclear or war-related, I think they’re quite similar issues in a way. And concerning our voting, that is for Cabinet to decide but yes we’ll certainly consider the merits and disadvantages but I think personally, I would vote against the encouraging’s of these war and nuclear issues,” said President Maamau.

The treaty requires states to assist victims of nuclear weapons use and testing, and requires environmental remediation of contaminated areas. The treaty also obliges states to provide international assistance to support the implementation of the treaty.

It will be open for signature on 20 September at the United Nations in New York.

This is year is the 60th Anniversary of the hydrogen bomb tests in Kiribati and yet Britain, with nuclear capabilities, still refuses to provide compensation to the Fijian soldiers and sailors, New Zealand soldiers and sailors and the people of Kiribati at that time..pacnews [/restrict]