Translation provided by KoSSev
A study on the consequences of the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999 has officially started.
An agreement was signed between the four ministries: health, environmental protection, defense, and education and science, and to start with, 15 million dinars has been provided.
The study should prove whether the increase in the number of patients with malignant and autoimmune diseases is a direct consequence of the bombing of Serbia with depleted uranium munitions.
„We will not presume anything, but we also want to have the facts, for our sake and for the sake of future generations, so that tomorrow this will not happen to anyone,“ said Minister of Health, Zlatibor Loncar.
Four departments have been formed: interdepartmental coordination, advisory, a steering committee headed by the Minister of Environmental Protection and the so-called National Laboratory – in this case, one laboratory will be used for the entire Serbia – especially Kosovo and Metohija.
„I personally and strongly believe that the biggest consequence of what happened are right there in Kosovo and Metohija,“ said Minister of Environmental Protection, Goran Trivan.
These consequences, the Minister warns, are not only related to depleted uranium, but also the shelling of petrochemical plants. The malignant diseases are not the only problem, as the doctors have also warned about the effects on the progeny.
„Now, the Department of Immunology of the Clinical Centre of Serbia is filled to capacity, which was never the case before, there is also the problem of sterility and, of course, the most dangerous malignant diseases. Therefore, we will let the epidemiologists devise a plan as required, we have our own opinion, and we will see whether we will succeed in scientifically proving it. For now, the statistics speak for themselves, regardless of who says what,“ says the CCS Head of Neurosurgery, Dr. Danica Grujicic.
The members of Commission claim that such a strict scientific approach excludes any political connotation.
„It is understood that there will be problems in this endeavor, and there have already been a few of them, but problems and pressures are stimulating us,“ Trivan said.
When asked by the N1 journalist who is pressuring them, Trivan replied: „I cannot tell you.“
When asked why, he replied: „You’ve received the answer.“
However, there was no answer.
Unofficially, NATO members are not thrilled that Serbia has started this study. They recently said that they themselves had carried out scientific research 19 years ago and found that the use of depleted uranium was not the cause of a health risk.
„We do not want to say that these results are incorrect, but it does not mean that they match the true condition in the field. It is enough to take a sample in a different, less problematic, place, and the result will be accurate, but it will not be relevant to what is important to us,“ says Aleksandar Jovovic, professor of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.
It will take Serbia a number of years before they will be able to present the results of the study.
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