SUVA, 02 MARCH 2017 (PACNEWS) — The people of Marshall Islands have been assured of the support of the Pacific and its people in their quest to obtain a fair compensation from the United States of America for the damage caused by nuclear testing.
In her message to the people of Marshall Islands to mark the 63rd anniversary of the detonation of hydrogen bombs in Bikini Atoll, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Dame Meg Taylor said the detonation caused indescribable suffering to the people and to its environment.
“The damage continues to affect the health and well-being of our brothers and sisters in the Marshall Islands, and will do so for many generations to come.
“On this occasion, I would like to reiterate the long-standing support of the Pacific Islands Forum for the people of the Marshall Islands in their quest to obtain fair compensation from the United States of America for the ongoing damage caused by nuclear testing.
“We stand in solidarity with you and will continue to advocate for a just resolution to Marshall Islands claims in relation to the legacy of nuclear testing, said Dame Meg.
She said the terrible events of Bikini Atoll will not be forgotten by the people of the Marshall Islands and by the wider Pacific family.
“Our young have inherited a nuclear weapons free Pacific fought for by Forum Leaders. And so on Remembrance Day, I encourage us not to forget our history. In this way we work to ensure that future attempts to bring nuclear weapons into our region will be met with determined resistance by the Pacific region, said Dame Meg… PACNEWS [/restrict]