Stop the bombing of Yugoslavia before it will be to late!
We are faced with ecological catastrophe:
1. NATO was not only using banned cluster bombs, but also depleted
uranium bullets. These bullets caused an immediate increase in
leukemia,cancers, and birth defects in the Gulf War, as well as the so-called
Gulf War sickness, whose symptoms are identical with radiation
Depleted uranium (DU) is used primarily because it is effective
tanks. The uranium oxide from these bullets when inhaled donates "hot"
particles of around 0.5 microns to the chest, equivalent to 20 chest
X-rays per hour. Nearly all the Cruise missiles used so far contain DU
warheads. The UK Sunday Times says 120 of these have been fired so far,
but other reports say much more have been fired. DU is classed as a
weapon of mass destruction and therefore illegal according to the
Geneva Convention. They could have teratogenic effects for generations
afterwards on combatants and targets alike. Certainly they will damage
US or NATO troops as well as all others in Kosovo in any ground war,
to judge from what happened after their use in the Gulf War and in
2. Our stretch of the Danube is no longer navigable, and will not be
navigable for a long time to come. Namely, two bridges in Novi Sad
(second Yugoslav city by population size, northern from Belgrade) were
crushed down, the third and last one is heavily damaged. This holy
river and European natural treasure has suffered the biggest
ecological catastrophe of the all time, and countries along its banks will
sustain great economic damage for a long time. Today it is the obstructed
river, tomorrow it will be the spill and release of toxic chemicals caused by
bombing of chemical plants and fuel depots.
3. Several burned chemical factories in different parts of Yugoslavia,
especially in Kosovo, released dark and toxic smoke, which is spreading
all around. We do not have any possibilities to keep those polluted
clouds within our borders.
4. Several national parks are targeted by cruise missiles and bombs:
Fruska Gora (northern Serbia), Kopaonik (central Serbia), Tara (western
Serbia), Sara (southern Serbia)... Forests are burned and devastated,
big and small game are killed, birds are dispersed. High Yugoslav
biodiversity, one of the highest in Europe, is seriously endangered.
Serbian Ecological Society
Univ. Belgrade, Fac. Biol.
Inst. Bot. & Bot. Garden "Jevremovac"
Takovska 43, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Tel: +381 11 767-988
Fax: +381 11 769-903
Dmitar Lakusic, President
Radoje Lausevic, Secretary