Hungary, Romania, Ukraine sign environment pact

BUCHAREST, Mar 17, 2000 -- (RFE/RL) Representatives from Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine gathered in the eastern Hungarian city of Debrecen to sign an agreement to prevent environmental pollution.

Under the protocol, each country will list potential sources of risk to the environment. The three countries are also to cooperate with the International Danube Commission and a special EU task force set up after a cyanide spill from a Romanian gold mine in January spread through several European rivers. The representatives also discussed a second spill in Romania, which released heavy metals pollution into the Tisza River last weekend.

The Romanian representative said that a new wave of heavy metals pollution reported by Ukraine on 14 March (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 15 March 2000) did not result from yet another spill but rather from the leak reported earlier.

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