ILLIZI – The nuclear tests in Sahara are a proof of the atrocity of crimes committed by colonial France, said Monday in Illizi (1850-km south of Algiers) Minister of Mujahideen (National Liberation War veterans) Tayeb Zitouni.
"These tests are a proof of the atrocity of the crimes committed by colonial France in Algerian Sahara, against local population and environment, and whose radiations continue, to date, to have health implications on local populations, fauna and buildings," said the minister in his opening address at a national seminar on "French nuclear tests in Algerian Sahara,: Impact on man and environment."
Those painful events witnessed in the region of Reggane (Adrar) and In-Ecker (Tamanrasset), and of which Algerian people commemorates the 57th anniversary, are part of the countless crimes perpetrated by colonial France against the Algerian people," he stressed.
Zitouni called for the preservation of the historical and collective memory of the Algerian people, by highlighting and glorifying the sacrifices of our elders.
As regards the compensation of the victims of nuclear tests in the Algerian Sahara, the minister said that it is among pending issues between the two parties (Algeria and France).