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|Wednesday, July 11, 2001, updated at 11:09(GMT+8)|
CAP Urges Ban on Passage of Nuclear Waste Shipment Through Panama CanalThe Central American Parliament (CAP) on Tuesday called for a ban on the passage of ships loaded with radioactive flotsam through the Panama Canal and Caribbean waters.
According to a statement released by the organization in Guatemala City, a ship loaded with six containers of nuclear waste coming from Japan will soon pass through the Panama Canal. The waste from a Japanese nuclear power plant poses grave radiation dangers to the local population, it said.
The statement condemned the practice of passing through the Central American region by ships loaded with nuclear waste, and demanded Japan close its nuclear power plants.
The statement also unveiled the fact that during the past 20 years, some Japanese companies have "secretly" shipped large amounts of toxic flotsam through the Panama Canal.
The CAP, which was founded in October 1991, is composed of Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominica.
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