NATO ammette uso di uranio impoverito
- Subject: NATO ammette uso di uranio impoverito
- From: Alessandro Marescotti <kfqma at tin.it>
- Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2000 14:37:03 +0100
>Resent-Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 16:32:22 +0100
>From: "Alessandro Gimona" <agimona at hotmail.com>
>To: pck-ecologia at peacelink.it
>Subject: NATO ammette uso di uranio impoverito
>La NATO ammette uso di uranio impoverito, comunque gli esperti sostengono
>che le informazioni fornite sono ancora insufficienti.
>In coda, link al rapporto sul depleted uranium compilato dalla balkan task
>force (BTF)di UNEP e UNCHS
>UNEP/UNCHS News Release. For information only. Not an official record.
>Jointly issued by UNEP/UNCHS
>NATO CONFIRMS TO THE UNITED NATIONS, USE OF
>DEPLETED URANIUM DURING THE KOSOVO CONFLICT
>GENEVA, 21 March 2000 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has
>confirmed to the United Nations that depleted uranium (DU) was used during
>the Kosovo conflict. But, according to the Joint UNEP/UNCHS Balkans Task
>Force (BTF) the information provided is not of sufficient detail to
>facilitate an accurate field assessment of the environmental and human
>health consequences of its us at the present time.
>The new information on DU was sent to the United Nations Secretary-General,
>Kofi Annan from NATO Secretary-General, Lord Robertson and states:
>"DU rounds were used whenever the A-10 engaged armour during Operation
>Allied Force. Therefore, it was used throughout Kosovo during approximately
>100 missions... A total of approximately 31,000 rounds of DU ammunition were
>used in operation Allied Force. The major focus of these operations was in
>an area west of the Pec-Dakovica-Prizren highway; in the area surrounding
>Klina; in the area around Prizren; and in an area to the north of a line
>joining Suva Reka and Urosevac. However many missions using DU also took
>place outside these areas."
>This information was reviewed yesterday by scientists from the BTF's Desk
>Assessment Group on Depleted Uranium - an interagency group that was
>established last year as part of the United Nations Environment Programme
>(UNEP)-led assessment of the environmental consequences of the Kosovo
>conflict. Whilst welcoming the positive cooperation of NATO, the group,
>which includes experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), the
>International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN High Commissioner for
>Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs (DDA), and the
>Swedish Radiation Protection Institute, concluded that despite the
>additional information there was still insufficient data available on the
>exact location of the DU ordnance to comprehensively carry out an objective
>and scientifically based environmental and human health impact assessment in
>The Group emphasized that the new information on DU should not be a cause of
>widespread alarm. However, it also concluded that because of NATO's
>confirmation that DU was used, the recommendations made in their October
>1999 report should be followed. The Group's report, which was based on the
>then best available information, a hypothetical scenario and unverified
>assumptions, recommends that at places where contamination has been
>confirmed, measures should be taken to prevent access. Local authorities
>and people concerned should be informed of the possible risks and
>appropriate precautionary measures.
>The conclusions of the BTF expert group have been forwarded to the UN
>Secretary-General and the heads of other concerned UN agencies, as well as
>UNMIK in Kosovo.
>In the report, "The Kosovo Conflict -
>Consequences for the Environment and Human Settlements", the BTF raised the
>issue of the consequences to human health and the environment by the
>possible use of depleted uranium. The report recommended that a thorough
>review of the health effects of exposure to DU should be undertaken.
>At yesterday's meeting in Geneva, the Desk Assessment Group was advised that
>WHO is preparing a more general, "generic" report on the health effects of
>DU. That report should be available by the middle of May, 2000 and is not
>specific to Kosovo. The Royal Society (UK) is also preparing an
>independent report on the DU topic.
>The issue of depleted uranium was only one part of last year's assessment
>and the BTF's overall report concluded that the Kosovo conflict did not
>cause an environmental catastrophe affecting the Balkans region as a whole,
>but that pollution detected at four environmental "hot spots" (Pancevo,
>Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Bor), is serious and poses a threat to human
>health. As part of the second phase of its work, the BTF is currently
>preparing detailed environmental clean-up feasibility studies (for
>submission to donors) at the four mentioned sites in Serbia.
>The BTF was set-up by Klaus Toepfer, Executive
>Director of the United Nations Environment
>Programme (UNEP) and UN Centre for Human
>(Habitat), in May 1999, to assess the
>environmental and human settlement consequences
>of the Balkans conflict. Under the leadership of
>the former Finnish
>Environment and Development Cooperation
>Minister, Pekka Haavisto, the BTF acted on the
>recommendation of an earlier UN mission to the
>region that a detailed
>assessment of the full extent of the
>environmental impact of the conflict be urgently carried out. The BTF
>report is available on the Web at http://www.grid.unep.ch/btf.
>For more information, please contact: Tore J.
>Brevik, UNEP Spokesman/Director of
>Communications and Public Information, P.O. Box
>30552, Nairobi, Kenya; tel: (254 2) 623292;
>fax: 62-3692; Email: cpiinfo at unep.org or
>Robert Bisset, Office of the UNEP Spokesman and
>BTF Press Officer in Geneva on: +41-22-917-8598,
>Nairobi +254-2-623084, email: robert.bisset at unep.org.
>UNEP News Release 00/33
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