M67

26 June 1995

EUROPEAN REACTIONS TO FRENCH DECISION TO RESUME TESTING

I am pleased to hear that the European Socialist Leaders representing 17 countries passed a resolution yesterday condemning the French decision to ignore the existing moratorium on nuclear testing and calling on the French Government to change its mind, asking all states in possession of nuclear arms to confirm the renunciation of testing and calling on all the Governments to cooperate in an effort to reach early agreement on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and the strengthening of peace.

I am also pleased to hear reports that the Dutch Prime Minister, Mr Wim Kok, has said that the issue of French nuclear testing should be discussed at the European Union Summit meeting to be held in Cannes over the next two days.

I would urge all participants at the EU Summit to adopt all aspects of the resolution agreed by the European Socialist Leaders yesterday, which the Australian Government strongly supports.

CANBERRA