After revealing that Belgrade intends to launch a coordinating body and a national scientific laboratory to review possible consequences of the NATO bombing, Serbian Parliamentary Speaker Maja Gojkovic announced that she started parliamentary procedure to establish a commission to investigate consequences of NATO bombing against health of citizens and the impact on the environment. The focus of the commission will be on the consequences caused by the use of depleted uranium missiles. Gojkovic suggested an urgent decision to launch this coordination committee, hoping for an unanimous adoption during the next Parliament session.
Its main task will be to determine the cause-effect connection between the NATO bombings and the large number of various serious illnesses that have occurred among citizens, it was reported.
It is important to investigate the cause-effect connection between the brutal bombing and the rise in malignant diseases," Gojkovic said.
She claims there is no politics involved but looking after the interest of people.
There is no accusation, because our goal is to reach the truth for the citizens of Serbia, the Speaker emphasized.
In her words, she worked for a long time on the initiative that is "the crown of a successful visit" to the Italian parliament and an interview with the President of a similar Italian commission, which deals with researching the casualties of Italian soldiers who had been deployed in areas bombed with depleted uranium.
The announcement was met with the criticism from the opposition who also claim a fear of the connection between the use of depleted uranium and health risks.
The commission had to be formed earlier; this is the Serbian state's kind of response to the earlier criticism raised against it by the international community. The truth about depleted uranium cannot be used for propaganda purposes; the use of unconventional cluster weapons should also be explored – these are the key objections of Serbian opposition.
The deadline for the commission's first preliminary report is the end of 2020.
In the meantime NATO HQ denies for the Belgrade based TV N1: The use of depleted uranium during the conflict in Kosovo was not the cause of any continuing health risks which was confirmed by the NATO Committee on Depleted Uranium.
“NATO takes matters of health and the environment very seriously and that is why it established the Committee as a forum for the exchange of information on possible health risks associated with depleted uranium,” the Alliance said, adding that a 2001 UN Environment Programme report also concluded that sites with depleted uranium pose no significant health risks.
“This is scientific evidence,” the written response said to N1.
The Alliance explained that depleted uranium is used by some countries to make armour or bullets because it is a very dense metal.
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