|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Sat, 24 May 2008 23:26:09 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] RADIATION, MUNITIONS: Europe opposes uranium weapons|
Press Release European Parliament May 22, 2008 Parliament calls for a global ban on depleted uranium weapons Security and defenceIn a resolution adopted on depleted uranium (DU) weapons, the House calls for a moratorium on their use, increased pressure for an international treaty to ban them, and more research on these weapons. The resolution "strongly reiterates its call on all EU Member States and NATO countries to impose a moratorium on the use of depleted uranium weapons and to redouble efforts towards a global ban." The resolution was adopted with 491 votes in favour, 18 against and 12 abstentions.
Depleted uranium is used in ammunition, to increase the strength of casings for penetrating armour. Upon impact, however, the depleted uranium can be dispersed in the form of DU dust, which can cover large areas of conflict zones, and have averse health effects both for soldiers and civilians, even long after the conflict is over.
The Parliament addressed an oral question to both the Commission and the Council on the subject. Annemie Neyts (ALDE, BE), one of the question's authors, asked "what specific measures can be taken to halt exposure to such DU for both soldiers and civilians?" Another author, Ana Gomes (PES, PT) noted that "the most basic cautionary principle should get us to stop manufacturing such weapons."
The Council presidency replied that since no consensus exists on this topic in the Council, there's not much it can do at this juncture. Commissioner Louis Michel noted that military issues of this nature lie outside the competence of the European Commission, but expressed his willingness to conduct a study to re-examine the effects of DU exposure on human health. He also noted that the Commission does fund efforts such as projects to remove unexploded ordinance out of post-conflict zones, citing the example of Lebanon, where 5 million euros of EU funds have been spent for this purpose.
...For the entire press release and a link to the full text of the resolution, see
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/expert/infopress_page/031-29642-140-05-21-903-20080521IPR29595-19-05-2008-2008-false/default_en.htm -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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