New Zealand's attorney General, Dr. A.M. Finlay, delivered a stinging attack on France on Thursday?
GV EXT International Court building
SV Murphy enters
SV PAN New Zealand Attorney General Finlay arrives and to greeted by President on stops
CU INT French nameplate and empty seats
MV Judges enter courthouse (2 shots)
GV ZOOM IN Finlay addressed court
CU & CU Members of court seated (2 shots)
CU Finals speaking
"Mr. President and members of this court, in this request, the New Zealand Government is asking that this court lay down and indicate interim measures of protection. The request relates to proceedings recently instituted by New Zealand against France. I'm asking the court to adjudge and declare that the conduct by the French Government in the South Pacific region of tests that give rise to radio-active fallout constitutes a violation of New Zealand's rights under international law, and that those rights will be violated by any further such tests. It is the very essence of the rights claimed by New Zealand that nuclear testing is in breach of international law and should forthwith be discontinued."
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Background: New Zealand's attorney General, Dr. A.M. Finlay, delivered a stinging attack on France on Thursday (24 May) for refusing to held nuclear bomb tests in the South People. Dr. Finlay, speaking at the International Court of Justice of Appeals at the Hague said the French contamination of the atmosphere with radio-active failure was "perni???" and "???ak???usable". It was the fourth day of hearing at the court of Australian and New Zealand arguments against the French tests planned for Mururoa Atoll in the South Pacific.
The two countries are calling on the sixteen-man tribunal to issue a provisional order suspending the explosions until such time as the court has reached a final decision on the legality of the tests. Australia concluded its case the day before, but Attorney General, Senator Lionel Murphy, was present during Dr. Finlay's address. Dr. Finlay said his government profoundly regretted that France refused to acknowledge the competence of the court to judge the case.
Here follows a transcript of the start of Dr. Finlay's address to the World Court.
SYNOPSIS: the case ??? French ??? in the South Pacific continued on Thursday in the International Court of Justice at The Hague.
New Zealand's Attorney General Dr. Finlay, opened his country's appellation for an ???pending taste until the court ??? a final decision.
France continues to boycott the hearing and Dr. Finlay said New Zealand profoundly regretted the French opinion that the sixteen-man tribunal was not competent to judge the case. It was the fourth day of hearings on the matter, and the opening of New Zealand's submissions.