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BANJALUKA, September 16 /SRNA/ - Fifty-four Serbs were killed and 119 were wounded in the NATO bombing of Republika Srpska. Indirect consequences of the bombing are numerous and are felt even in present days, say a publication titled “The Intentional Force on Republika Srpska,” which was published by the Republika Srpska Center for War and War Crimes Research and Tracing Missing Persons.


Center Director Milorad Kojić has said that in addition to direct consequences of the NATO bombing of Republika Srpska, there are also indirect consequences that include 120,000 Serbs expelled from Western Krajina municipalities.

“Severed Serb heads on Mount Ozren are also an indirect consequence of the bombing because NATO directly sided with one of the warring parties and supported it,” Kojić told reporters on Monday evening in Banjaluka where results of a research of the NATO aggression against Republika Srpska and FR Yugoslavia were presented.

He has said that after the broadcast relay station Kraljica on Mount Ozren was bombed, the 2nd and the 3rd Corps of the so-called Army of BiH launched an offensive.

“We suffered horrific losses after that, Serb soldiers were captured and beheaded by members of the El Mujaheed Division of the 3rd Corps,” said Kojić.

He has said that depleted uranium is a direct consequence of the NATO bombing which Republika Srpska citizens feel in present days.

Citing official data from the Republika Srpska Public Health Institute and other researchers, Kojić has said that cancer-related mortality rate among Hadzici residents who fled to Bratunac after the Dayton Agreement is four time grater than mortality of the local population.

“Consequences of the NATO bombing are huge and we are feeling them even in present days. Bosniaks live now in Hadžići and they suffer the same consequences,” Kojić said.

He says that the accession to NATO is the first-class political issue today in BiH which is used to put pressure on Republika Srpska institutions.

“After such a research, when we see these consequences, I think Republika Srpska institutions’ opinion that we should not join NATO is absolutely justified. We would thus belittle every our victim of direct and indirect consequences,” Kojić said.

When it comes to prospects to demand compensation for material damages caused by the NATO bombing, he has said that Serbia can demand compensation and that Republika Srpska has to explore legal prospects.

“We would have to get agreement from the Bosniak member of the BiH Presidency or the Council of Ministers to sue someone for compensation of damages. I think that the issue of compensation of material damages should be raised,” Kojić said.

He stressed the importance of Monday evening’s presentation of results of the NATO bombing of Serbia, adding that one must not separate the bombing of FRY in 1999 and the bombing of Republika Srpska in 1995 because NATO bombed the same people in two different territories.

The director of the Eurasian Security Forum, Mitar Kovač, told reporters that the material damage from the NATO bombing of FR Yugoslavia amounted to more than 100 billion Euros.

Kovač has said that Serbia has not yet requested compensation for material damages inflicted on business entities and individuals in the area of Serbia and Montenegro.

He has said that statistics show that the NATO bombing caused an increased incidence of cancer-related deaths among residents of all ages in Serbia.

“In upcoming researches, commissions should determine the level of this correlation and to come out with data,” Kovač said.

Predrag Adamović, a representative of the Serbian Association Baštionik, has said that the NATO bombing is the crime that must not be forgotten. /end/sg