|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:35:46 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS: "UN General Assembly backs help for depleted uranium clean-up"|
UN General Assembly backs help for depleted uranium clean-up International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons December 2, 2014150 states have supported a UN General Assembly resolution recognising the need for international assistance for countries affected by depleted uranium contamination.
In a second vote on the UN’s fifth resolution [http:// www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/docs/222.pdf] on DU weapons at the General Assembly in New York, 150 states have supported a call for the international community to provide assistance to states affected by DU contamination. The resolution comes five months after Iraq called for help [http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/iraq-calls-for- treaty-ban-on-depleted-uranium] from the international community in dealing with the legacy of the 1991 and 2003 conflicts.
"We view this resolution as a welcome step towards establishing an obligation on DU clearance," said ICBUW Coordinator Doug Weir. "The need for remedial work to protect civilians has been identified by the World Health Organisation, UK Royal Society and UN Environment Programme - the ongoing refusal by the US and UK to take responsibility for their actions is placing communities at risk."
The vote was preceded by the news that US A10 gunships capable of firing DU had arrived in Kuwait to support operations against ISIS. The Pentagon had previously confirmed that the US would use DU in Iraq again 'if it needed to' - the controversial decision, made in spite of Iraq’s 2014 call for clean-up help and a global treaty ban on the weapons, further underscores the need for tougher action on the weapons.
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.bandepleteduranium.org/en/un-general-assembly-help-for- depleted-uranium
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