UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United
Nations announced on Thursday it had found evidence of radioactivity at
eight of 11 sites tested in Kosovo after they were struck by NATO ammunition
with depleted uranium during 1999 bombings.
The discovery of radioactivity at the sites was a preliminary finding
of testing still under way at laboratories in Sweden, Switzerland, Italy,
Britain and Austria by the U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP), a U.N. spokesman
said on Friday.
"The final results will only be known when the UNEP report is published
in 2001, but there is enough preliminary evidence to call for precautions
when dealing with used depleted uranium or with sites where such ammunition
might be present," spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
NATO has come under increasing pressure from several European governments over claims that depleted uranium used in NATO weapons had caused death or illness among Balkan peacekeepers, a condition dubbed "Balkan Syndrome".
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