[A-List] Serbia: 160,000 At Risk From NATO Cluster Bombs
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Sat Mar 21 11:57:30 MDT 2009
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From: rwrozoff at yahoo.com
To: stopnato at yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, March 21, 2009 10:58 AM
Subject: [stopnato] Serbia: 160,000 At Risk From NATO Cluster Bombs
March 21, 2009
Thousands in Serbia "still in danger from NATO cluster bombs"
Belgrade - Civilians in Serbia are still in danger from thousands of
unexploded cluster bombs almost a decade after NATO bombing of Yugoslavia,
local media reported Saturday.
A study by Norwegian People's Aid said that some 2,500 unexploded pieces of
cluster ordnance were scattered across 15 municipalities, mainly in southern
Serbia near the border with Kosovo, and the second largest city of Nis.
Around 160,000 civilians were at risk and it would take between 12 and 23
years to clear the areas if the current rate of clearance continued, the
Serbia needs around 38 million dollars to dig out and defuse unexploded
cluster bombs - canisters that open in flight and eject dozens of bomblets,
some of which can lay unexploded for years.
NATO planes scattered some 37,000 cluster bombs over Yugoslavia, killing 31
people and injuring 160, during its 78 days of attacks to end Serbia's
crackdown of Albanian insurgents in Kosovo.
Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 and was recognized
by more than 50 countries including the United States and most of the
Last year, 93 countries signed an international treaty on banning the
cluster bombs. However, major producers and users such as the United States,
Russia and China have not signed the treaty.
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