Dutch join UN investigation in Ivory Coast

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12 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Two Dutch environmental experts are taking part in the UN investigation into the toxic waste scandal in Ivory Coast.

12 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — Two Dutch environmental experts are taking part in the UN investigation into the toxic waste scandal in Ivory Coast.

A spokesperson for Dutch Environment Minister Pieter van Geel confirmed on Tuesday that the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and the Environment Ministry are each providing a representative.

The United Nations approached the Netherlands at the weekend to provide experts for its mission which will investigate what help the African country needs.

Six people have died and thousands more have been made ill by toxic waste dumped by tanker 'Probo Koala' in the capital Abidjan last month. The government of Ivory Coast resigned last week following a public outcry about the affair.

The Health Ministry in Abidjan told Reuters on Monday the health risks associated with the waste are easing.

'Probo Koala', a Panamanian-registered ship, was chartered by multinational that has its administrative office in the Netherlands. Dutch prosecutors have launched an investigation into the case.

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