September 14, 2000Brankovic on use of depleted uranium in violation of UN
Geneva, September 14th (Tanjug) - Yugoslav Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Branko Brankovic, said that last year's NATO aggression on Yugoslavia constituted a glaring violation of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, and most strongly condemned the US, whose aircraft dropped depleted uranium bombs on inhabited areas.
Brankovic was presenting a Yugoslav government "Document on the effects of the use of depleted uranium during the NATO aggression on Yugoslavia in 1999". In his statement he emphasized: "NATO aggression against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, in 1999, was committed in gross violation of the fundamental principles of the Charter of the United Nations and international law in general and represents a crime against peace and humanity and a crime of genocide.
During the armed NATO aggression against the FR of Yugoslavia, it was established beyond doubt that US A-10 aircraft fired shells with depleted uranium (DU). Some 50.000 missiles with DU were fired on some 100 densely populated locations in the Serb province of Kosovo-Metohija. It was also established that 3.000-5.000 DU shells were fired on 8 locations outside the Province
The Yugoslav authorities undertook a detailed investigation of all locations outside the Province and established that contamination is going up to 235.000 Bq/kg, which is 1.100 times above the permissible level of contamination. The contaminated areas were marked and other activities are underway to deal with the consequences.
US Department of Defense refused to release information about the locations and quantities of DU used in the territory of the FR of Yugoslavia.
At the request of UN Secretary-General K. Annan, NATO Secretary-General G. Robertson, confirmed that throughout the territory of the Province of Kosovo-Metohija, in approximately 100 air strikes on 28 locations, around 31.000 rounds of DU ammunition were used. This is equivalent to 10 tons of depleted uranium.