In Stockholm, the New Zealand Minister of the Environment, Mr. Duncan MacIntyre, urged the United?
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MACINTRE:"Mr. President I wish to devote the rest of my time to a subject which is of extreme concern to my government and to all New Zealanders. This is the continuation of nuclear weapons tests. Delegates will be aware of the joint statement on this matter which my delegation and eight other delegations--from around the Pacific Ocean--have tabled in the Committee dealing with the identification and control of pollutants of broad international significance. To me it is strange that at a world Conference discussing the human Environment we should so carefully put the misuse of nuclear energy into a cupboard in the hope that it would be forgotten. What other form of pollution has so much power to change the world and has so little known about it. The problem of nuclear testing has repressions in a number of fields: disarmament, international law and the environment are the most important. It is sufficient to note that in the disarmament context the holding of nuclear tests has been condemned by the organ generally recognised as being the supreme international body--that is the United Nations General Assembly."
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Background: In Stockholm, the New Zealand Minister of the Environment, Mr. Duncan MacIntyre, urged the United Nations Environment Conference to bring pressure on France to halt its nuclear testing programme in the South Pacific.
Speaking to the plenary body or Friday (9 June), Mr. MacIntyre raised the issue as Peru sought approval of the Conference Committee on Pollutants that all atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons be brought to an end.
It was the second time in a week that the policies of a great power have been strongly criticised at the conference.
Mr. MacIntyre said all New Zealanders deeply resent that the South Pacific "sound continue to be exploited as a testing ground for a European power."