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UN offers help on cleaning-up rivers of cyanide
February 18, 2000



Geneva, February 18th - The UN is forming a team of experts which should, as of next week, visit Hungary, Romania and Yugoslavia and help in the overhauling of consequences caused by the cyanide spill from the Romanian gold mine in the rivers of Samos, Tisza and Danube, AP quoted the statement of an UN official.

According to Donato Kiniger-Pasigli, spokesman to the UN department for humanitarian issues, 10 to 12 environmental experts and engineers will be ready to start their journey at the beginning of next week. "The UN team should, with the cooperation of local organs, spend some 3 weeks on determining the final damages and means of handling the situation", said Kiniger-Pasigli.

In the mean time the World Health Organization has called for the determining of safety standards for all European mines excavating metals.


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