France refuses to hand over maps of nuclear tests in Algeria

TEHRAN, Jul. 05 (MNA) – Tayeb Zitouni, minister of Mujahideen and Right Holders of Algeria France has said that France refuses to hand over a map of places where nuclear explosions took place in the Algerian desert.

France conducted several nuclear tests in the Algerian desert between 1960 and 1966, four of which were conducted on the ground and 13 underground.

Tayeb Zitouni, minister of Mujahideen and Right Holders of Algeria made the remarks on the occasion of the 59th anniversary of the country's independence from France (July 5, 1962).

According to Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, Zitouni said that the French side refuses to provide a map showing the exact location of the tests and the disposal of nuclear and chemical waste.

He said France had so far taken no action to clear the area of the contaminated areas or pay compensation to the victims of the nuclear tests.

The case of the atomic explosions is one of the most important unresolved cases between Algeria and France, which has reached a stalemate in negotiations, and on any occasion, the Algerian authorities ask Paris to accept responsibility for this sensitive case.

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