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Atlantic Flotilla joins Greenpeace ship in Cherbourg

27 September 2004

Philippe Marechal from the Akela joined Greenpeace campaigners and the captain of the Greenpeace ship Esperanza for a press conference in Cherbourg today.

The Atlantic flotilla is beginning to gather in Cherbourg preparation for the pending weapons-grade plutonium shipment from the United States. The Greenpeace ship Esperanza has also arrived at the French port of Cherbourg to await the arrival of shipment. The Esperanza will be at sea to support the Atlantic Nuclear Free Flotilla yachts which are planning to demonstrate against the deadly nuclear shipment.

Expected to arrive soon in Cherbourg, the cargo of 140kg of plutonium oxide will then travel 1000km over land to the Cadarache nuclear complex, near Aix en Provence. There it will be fabricated into experimental plutonium nuclear reactor fuel (2) before being shipped back to the U.S. next year.

"The US and France are unnecessarily threatening international security and the environment. There is no conceivable justification for this transport" said Greenpeace International campaigner Shaun Burnie at the press conference.

For information on joining the flotilla in France, call Neil McCann at 087 257 3482. If you are interested in joining the Dublin flotilla on October 3, contact Paul Barrett at 087 259 7010.

The following websites have further information:

Greenpeace website:
Irish Nuclear Free Flotilla website:
Citizens Against Plutonium (CAP) website

CONTACT: Paul Barrett, ISNFF: 353 (0)87 259 7010

Neil McCann, ISNFF: 353 (0)87 257 3482 E. Lockwood, ISNFF: 353 (0)86 085 3033