REPORTS: FRENCH NAVY SAYS GREENPEACE CAMERA NEAR NUCLEAR PLANT MUST GO

The French navy on Monday ordered the environmental group, Greenpeace, to remove an underwater camera installed near a nuclear waste reprocessing plant at La Hague in France, the French news agency AFP reported.

"They ordered our ship, the `Greenpeace', out of the zone with all our equipment," a Greenpeace delegate at the convention for the protection of the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic (Ospar) conference said.

"This clearly demonstrates that La Hague's managers do not want the discharge of the waste of this plant to be shown live," he added.

The Ospar conference, which opened in Copenhagen on Monday, brings together delegates of countries bordering the North-East Atlantic coast who have signed the Ospar Treaty establishing the legal obligation to take the necessary measures to prevent marine pollution.

Greenpeace showed live internet footage at the conference of the discharge of waste from La Hague. The group says the plant discharges one million litres of liquid nuclear waste into the ocean per day.

Source: AFP news agency, Paris, in French 26 Jun 00