Danube clearing-up costs 24 mln dollars

Monday, 24 January, 2000

A study into the state of one of Europe's most important waterways, the Danube, says it will cost more than twenty-four-million dollars to make the river navigable again.

Presenting the study in Budapest, a Hungarian official said the main aim of the plan was to clear up debris left on the river bed after NATO planes destroyed several bridges in Serbia during the Kosovo conflict.

So far, Belgrade has refused to agree to the plan unless the reconstruction of the bridges is included.

But it is expected that Yugoslavia will drop its demand at the next meeting of the eleven-member Danube Commission, which debates the study tomorrow . The study then goes to the European Union with a request for financial support.

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