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(en) [alter-ee] Anti-war campaign bulletin #1

From ralf@anarch.free.de (Ralf Landmesser)
Date Fri, 16 Apr 1999 15:36:02 -0400


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Anti-war comittee is a tactical NGO aimed to prevent Russia's possible 
involvement into the war in Balkans, since such possibility is not excluded. 
The main directions of its activitiy are actions and information campaign. 
The regular analitical press-releases which shed light on economical/
ecological/political consequences of such involvement are part of the 
committee's work.
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April 16, 1999
Moscow

NPPs AROUND YUGOSLAVIA: POTENTIAL SOURCE OF THE NUCLEAR CATASTROPHE

"Undeclared war between NATO and Serbia is a threat to whole world, nuclear 
plants in Eastern Europe aren't protected adequately", said Moscow' Anti-war 
committee on Friday. Not only Zagreb' research nuclear reactor can be
affected by
this armed conflict, but also both Bulgarian Kozloduy (KNNP) and Hungarian Paks 
(PNNP) nuclear plants.

KNPP located in just 200 km and Paks in less than 400 km away from conflict
zone. 
Both nuclear plants operate VVER-440 Soviet-designed reactors which can be
compared 
to Chernobyl' level of safety. Both nuclear plants are not protected
against, for 
example, airstrike. Moreover, a little mistake of soldier or pilot of military 
aircraft can bring the world to another global nuclear disaster, even in
case if 
Russia or NATO will not use its nuclear weapon.

Bulgaria gave its permission for using of own airfields for both Serbian and
NATO's 
planes. According to Mr. Kashiev, a chairman of Bulgarian committee for
peaceful use 
of atomic power, Gabrovnice airfield located in 50 km from Kozloduy nuclear
plant. 
This airfield was previously used only for Russian aircrafts transporting
nuclear 
fuel for the plant. 3th nuclear reactor is currently under repair and its
shield 
removed. Reactor is absolutely unprotected. Large amount of the spent
nuclear fuel' 
roads stored right next to this reactor, it's also absolutely unprotected.

In similar conditions Armenian nuclear plant was shut down during armed
conflict 
between Armenia and Azerbajan 10 years ago.

According to the media reports in Bulgaria, Ministry of inner affairs
declared that 
foreign aircrafts did not use Bulgarian airfields so far. But people from
villages 
located close to Bulgarian-Yugoslavian border says up to 30 aircrafts fly every 
night over their homes. Since the NATO's bombing started in Serbia, at least
3 bombs 
were founded on Bulgarian territory. According to official statements, it's
always 
mistake of the NATO' pilots.

Bulgaria can not protect its nuclear plant. It has no funds to provide adequate 
protection in form of 3 military aircrafts which requested by safety rules for 
nuclear plants. Only one aircraft guard KNPP presently.

"In order to prevent a global nuclear disaster the Balkan war should be stopped 
immediately, Russia should not be involved into the war but it must effectively 
stimulate peaceful negotiations," - says Vladimir Slivyak, coordinator of
the Anti-war committee in Moscow. "Otherwise global nuclear disaster will
happen 
to the world, even in case if no sides of conflict will use nuclear weapon".

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More information in Moscow:
278-4642, 776-6546 - Vladimir Slivyak (ecodefense@glasnet.ru), Alisa 
Nikoulina (aln@glasnet. ru), 137-7131 - Oleg Kireev (kireev@glasnet.ru)

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