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Friday February 14, 2020

The Veterans Minister considers the French nuclear explosions a “stuck file” that must be settled


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Algerian Minister of Veterans Tayeb Zaitouni said Thursday that the French nuclear explosions file in his country is one of the “outstanding issues” that must be settled in order to establish normal relations between Paris and Algeria. The minister said during a visit to the Raqan region (south) in the state of Adrar, where the French nuclear tests took place between 1960 and 1966, that these tests were “a destructive crime against humanity committed against the innocent of our people.”

The Algerian Minister of Mujahideen (veterans of the War of Independence against France between 1954 and 1962), Al-Tayyib Zaitouni, considered Thursday that a file French nuclear explosions In his country, he is one of the “outstanding issues” that must be settled in order to establish normal relations between Paris and Algeria.

According to the official Algerian News Agency, according to the minister, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first French nuclear explosion in the Algerian desert, “This is an official and firm demand of the Algerian state, as well as being a popular demand of all Algerians.”

He added during a visit to the Raqan region (south) in the state of Adrar, where the French nuclear tests took place, that these tests were “a destructive crime against humanity committed against the innocent of our people.”

And Al-Tayyib Zaitouni considered that “this tragedy is part of the bloody record Of the French colonizer It is full of crimes and massacres that it adopted to undermine the dignity of the Algerian people, “which is” evidence of crimes against human rights and the desert environment, and whose nuclear radiation continues to cause severe damage to the public environment. “

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Zitouni stressed that the new government’s action plan, which was approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday evening, “addresses frankly the file of the French nuclear explosions in Algeria, which is among the four major outstanding issues, Algeria stopped negotiating with the French party not to touch France’s seriousness in those negotiations.”

France conducted on February 13, 1960 in Reggane, the Algerian Sahara, its first nuclear test, which it dubbed “The Blue Spring”. On that day, France detonated a 70 kilotonium plutonium bomb – three to four times stronger than the Hiroshima bomb – and the radiological effects of the bombing affected all of West Africa and southern Europe.

Three days after the bombing, the French authorities confirmed that radioactivity in the entire region is completely harmless because its levels are much lower than the levels of dangerous radiation.

But declassified documents in 2013 revealed that levels of radioactivity were much higher than those approved by Paris at the time, and that their damages affected West Africa as a whole and southern Europe.

/ AFP

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