News 18 Oct 17

Serbian Govt Promises to Fund NATO Bombing Probe

Serbia’s environmental protection minister said the government is ready to financially support the establishment of a laboratory to investigate the medical consequences of the 1999 NATO bombing.

Maja Zivanovic
BIRN
Belgrade

Serbian environmental protection minister Goran Trivan. Photo: Beta/Milos Miskov.

Environmental protection minister Goran Trivan said on Tuesday evening that the government will support a laboratory to investigate the consequences of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999 and the use of depleted uranium.

“The government is ready to help determine the truth financially and in any other way,” Trivan told public broadcaster RTS.

Trivan explained that this month he met representatives of the Serbian Royal Academy of Scientists and Artists this month, which launched the initiative to create a laboratory to investigate the consequences and effects of depleted uranium.

“We will work thoroughly and without a rush. There is no reason to hurry if we waited for 18 years,” he said.

The Royal Academy of Scientists and Artists said in May it has set up a legal team and plans to charges against NATO states for using depleted uranium during the 1999 bombing.

The lawyers will try to connect an increase in severe illnesses to the use of depleted uranium in the bombing.

However legal experts have expressed serious doubts that the cases have any chance of success.

NATO launched days of air strikes on Yugoslavia on March 24, 1999, without the backing of the UN Security Council, after Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic refused to sign up to a peace deal to end his forces’ crackdown on Kosovo Albanians seeking independence.

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