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 Asunto: Indian authorities brand 'Clemenceau' illegal transport
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Greenpeace demands ship's return to France

Paris, France, 6 January 2006 - Today the Indian Supreme Court Monitoring Committee (SCMC) branded the French naval aircraft carrier, the Clemenceau, which is being towed to India for scrapping, as an illegal transport due to the hazardous materials, including 500 tonnes of asbestos, on board. Greenpeace demanded that the French Government take back its ship and for India formally reject its entry into Indian Territory.

The ship left France on December 31, 2005, under a huge cloud of controversy after Greenpeace and local NGOs attempted to stop the journey through protest and the French courts. At that time the SCMC said they had no objection to the ship's scrapping in India, subject to certain conditions, including an independent audit to confirm that the ship had been decontaminated by France.

Since the French Government has failed to fulfil these conditions, this
afternoon the Indian authority issued a statement declaring that the Basel Convention was being violated and that French authorities had not
been honest in regard to the potential hazards on board and that the ship must not enter India's Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ) (1).

"The French Government must now accept that the concerns around the
Clemenceau are real and valid. India has spoken - the ship and its lethal load are not welcome. The Clemenceau is being towed as we speak, it must stop its journey immediately and be returned to France,"
said Pascal Husting, Executive Director of Greenpeace France. "The Indian Government must withdraw its permission and publicly reject this ship's entry into India."

Officials from Technopure, the company contracted by the French Government to decontaminating the ship before it was dispatched to India, has gone on public record to confirm that the Clemenceau contains as much as 500 tonnes of asbestos, a huge increase on the 45 to 50 tonnes that the French Government has admitted to. The company ended ts contract with the French Government and disclosed this information on moral grounds, despite the confidentiality clause they were bound to. Technopure officials declared that France never intended to undertake
more than a superficial clean-up of visible toxic substances on board the Clemenceau and deliberately chose the cheapest option they could get away with, despite the knowledge that the wastes on board would result in disease and death for Indian workers and devastation for the Indian environment.

"The Clemenceau is symbolic of the wider global issue of developed countries dumping waste they consider too toxic to deal with at home
onto developing countries. Governments must not be allowed to think that their responsibilities end when these hazardous wastes leave their shores,"
said Ramapati Kumar, Toxics Campaigner, Greenpeace India. "Governments must be stopped from playing 'Pass the toxic parcel'."

The Clemenceau may be one of the largest ships to be sent for scrap but every year a vast decrepit armada bearing a dangerous cargo of toxic substances including asbestos, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and heavy metals, ends up in Asian ship breaking yards (Bangladesh, India, China and Pakistan) where they are cut up in the crudest of fashions taking a huge toll on human health and the local environment.

Notes to editors:

(1) France is a signatory to the Basel Convention, which prohibits the
transfer of wastes from OECD to non-OECD countries

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Gracias por leer.

NotaPublicado: Vie Ene 06, 2006 8:56 pm 
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The truth of this is indeed that France - despite claiming that the country respects human rights and so on - cares nothing for the environment or the people that may suffer very serious problems for what they throw away. What the French government seems to care for is its voters.

A God that plays dice and doesn't win gets you, your cat and me in trouble, so make the old chap stop!


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