Yugoslav statement: UN OFFERS LIES RATHER THAN FACTS ABOUT TREPCA

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This dispatch from the Yugoslav news agency is based on a statement written
prior to NATO's seizure of the Trepca smelter Mon., Aug. 14:
UN OFFERS LIES RATHER THAN FACTS ABOUT TREPCA
Tanjug (8-14-00)

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The UN is spreading disturbing untruths about pollution from the Trepca
mining complex in order to put Trepca out of commission, according to a
statement from Trepca on Sunday.

The sole purpose of UNMIK's allegations about high levels of pollution in
Kosovska Mitrovica is "to prevent Trepca, which gives their livelihood to a
large number of people in Kosovska Mitrovica and beyond, to go on working",
the statement said.

The statement was prompted by a recent UNMIK pamphlet distributed in Pristina
and alleging excessive air, water and soil pollution with lead from the
Trepca smelting plant in Zvecan, in the Yugoslav republic of Serbia's U.N.run
KosovoMetohija province.

"We call this a pamphlet, because UNMIK offered untruths and false care for
our health and our fate instead of giving the true facts", said the
statement, addressed by the mining, chemical and metallurgical complex to the
people in divided Kosovska Mitrovica.

The Zvecan lead smelting plant has been in operation since 1939, not 1991, as
claimed by UNMIK, and has stopped work only for occasional overhauls and
during NATO's aggression from March to June 1999.

The 306 metre smokestack, built in 1972, as well as equipment and
installations for purifying waste gases, in which more than 10 million German
marks have been invested, are best evidence that the people's health was a
consideration long before UNMIK's deployment.

Thousands of Trepca's employees workers, experts and executives work at and
live in the immediate vicinity of the Zvecan lead smelting plant, and they
certainly care much more about their own health than UNMIK ever could, the
Trepca statement said.

Daily sampling of the air, water and soil shows that these are protected from
pollution by lead, gas and dust and that there is no reason for UNMIK's
socalled "concern".

In its statement, Trepca quoted results of tests for the presence of heavy
metals in the air at several checkpoints in Kosovska Mitrovica in the
JuneJuly period.

According to these results, there was .12 milligrams of lead per cubic metre
(permitted level .15 mg), .019 mg of zinc (permitted level .4 mg), copper
.004 mg (permitted level .01 mg), iron .002 mg (permitted level .2 mg), etc.

"If UNMIK experts are concerned for the children and pregnant women in
Kosovska Mitrovica, they should take care of the waste gases from their own
heavyduty vehicles that throng our roads at all hours and poison the people",
the statement said.

On the other hand, it is a well known fact that NATO's merciless bombing of
KosovoMetohija last year and use of banned weapons, such as depleted uranium
and cluster bombs, have caused an environmental disaster with unforeseeable
longterm consequences, it added.

Regrettably, UNMIK has shown not the least concern for the people suffering
the consequences of the horrors of war strewn all over our land, Trepca said
in Kosovska Mitrovica.

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