Federated States of Micronesia
STATEMENT BY ACTING PRESIDENT NENA ON THE SHIPMENT OF HIGH LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE BY THE PACIFIC TEAL WHICH IS APPROACHING OR PASSING THROUGH FSM WATERS
The Government of the Federated States of Micronesia is extremely concerned about recent plan for shipment of high level radioactive waste through its waters, and calls on the governments involved in the transboundary movement of hazardous and radioactive waste program to steer clear of the FSM EEZ. The FSM Government has made known its position that it firmly stands behind the position taken by the South Pacific Forum that any shipment of radioactive waste "should be carried out in accordance with the highest international safety and security standards, in a manner which satisfactorily addressed all possible contingencies, and in full consultation with Forum countries." It is also the view of the FSM Government that the shipment carried out by Pacific Teal is a blatant show of disregard for the long standing concern of the region over the transboundary movement of toxic and hazardous wastes and is in contravention of relevant provisions of the Waigani Convention to which the FSM and many Forum countries are a party. The FSM Government calls on the responsible parties to the shipment of high level radioactive waste to own up to retrieving the material should accidents occur.
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