Serbia receives support from the Italian DU Commission
The third ‘Italian Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the Cases of Death and Serious Diseases That Affected Italian Military Personnel Employed in International Peace Missions, Conservation Conditions and the Possible Use of Depleted Uranium in Military Exercises in the National Territory’ (Commissione Parlamentare di Inchiesta sugli effetti dell’utilizzo dell’uranio impoverito), first established in the 14th legislature in 2005, has so far been aware of 4,000 cases involving Italian soldiers, who have contracted malignant ailments in foreign missions with DU. The contact led to the death of 300 soldiers. Gian Piero Scanu is willing to share the results of investigations with the Serbian Commission led by Darko Laketic, member of the Serbian Progressive Party. The cooperation was announced by Laketic in mid-May during a parliamentary session. This parliamentary session laid the foundation stone for the establishment of a Serbian commission. Both the Serbian and the Italian Commission expect financial support from the European countries to carry out further investigations.
Gian Piero Scanu and Darko Laketić
The first meeting of the Serbian Commission will take place at the end of August or beginning of September in the town of Vranje in the south-east of Serbia. To such a purpose, experts and scientists will come together. Laketic expects a successful work and promises a preliminary report for the end of 2020. The Commission receives the strongest headwind from NATO, which still denies a link between depleted uranium and health risks. To date, the scientific and medical research of its Ad Hoc Committee continues to disprove the link.
Laketics rhetorical question “If uranium is not harmful, why is so much money spent on storing it, why is it not just thrown away into the environment?” encourages him, however, to investigate the aftermath of 1999 NATO bombing campaign.
Besides, an initiative group of citizens of Serbia, headed by Prof. Dr. Srdan Aleksic, consisting of scientists, lawyers and public figures, began in February to prepare for the filing of lawsuits in respect of the NATO member states that used depleted uranium during the war against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, which led to the Nis Conference in June. The aim of Aleksic’s lawsuit is to point out the citizens’ health issues, as well as the ecological harm.
As an expression of further cooperation after the great experience with the conference, where the exchange with Srdan Aleksic and other colleagues has been intensified, both sides, ICBUW and the Aleksic project team, will continue to interact and are welcoming the great support of the Italian Parliamentary Commission.