Australian Solicitor General, Robert Ellicott, accused France of carrying out nuclear bomb tests in the South Pacific for selfish and limited purposes.
GV PAN TO SV Building and flag (2 shots)
SV Delegates arriving (2 shots)
GV PAN INTERIOR Court rises and judges enter and sit down
SV Sign (France) and judges seated (2 shots)
SV Wigged speaker Australian territory".
"Mr. Chairman and members of the Court, when the Court adjourned last evening, I was developing my submission that the second come-back no further atmospheric tests by the French Government did justify the Court laying down provisional measures under article forty-three. I developed that in relation to the infringement of the freedom of the high seas. However, the infringement of the freedom of the seas is only one aspect of the Australian case. A principal feature of the Australian complaint, is that radio-active fall-out occasioned by the French tests has been deposited on Australian soil and will be deposited there again by future tests. Second, that those tests will "lead to radio-active fall-out on and over Australian territory."
Initials ES. 2.14 ES. 2.27
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Australian Solicitor General, Robert Ellicott, accused France of carrying out nuclear bomb tests in the South Pacific for selfish and limited purposes. Mr. Ellicott was speaking in The Hague on Tuesday (22 May), the second day of the International Court of Justice hearing of arguments against French nuclear tests in the Pacific. Australia and New Zealand are presenting cases to stop the blasts on the French island of Mururoa Atoll.
France is ignoring the case in which New Zealand and Australia are asking for an interim order halting the planned programme of French Atomic explosions. The French contend the court is not competent to deal with a matter concerning national defence interests and have indicated they will take no notice of the court's decision.