Pacific island countries concerned with nuclear safety issues

Pacific island countries concerned with nuclear safety issues
# 04 May 2010 21:42 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Pacific island countries, which faced first-hand the devastating effects of nuclear testing in the region, is concerned with nuclear safety issues, including the safe shipment of radioactive material to the region, APA reports citing Xinhua News Agency.
The statement was contained in a speech on behalf of the Pacific Islands Forum by Ivir Stephen Smith, the Australian foreign minister, at the conference to review the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which entered its second day here Tuesday.
The regional forum is made up of Australia, the Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Zealand, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
"The safe and secure shipment of radioactive material is of concern to our region," he said.
"We continue to give priority to nuclear safety issues, including the application of International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA) safety requirements and guidelines; cooperation to ensure effective and coherent national and global nuclear liability mechanisms; adherence to relevant international liability instruments; and measures to improve communication between shipping and coastal states regarding transport safety, security and emergency preparedness," said the foreign minister.
"Pacific Islands Forum members view nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament with a particular perspective," he said. "We have faced, first-hand, the devastating short-term and long-term adverse effects of nuclear testing."
"Out of this harsh experience we were proud to establish the South Pacific Nuclear Weapons Free Zone in 1985, the second such zone to be established in a populated region," he said.
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