PRESS RELEASE IN THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BEGINNING OF THE MILITARY INTERVENTION AGAINST IRAQ/ GULF WAR VETERANS AFECTED BY THE 'GULF WAR SYNDROME' COME TO MADRID TO SUPPORT THE CLAIM OF AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION ON 'BALKANS SYNDROME'
Madrid, 18th January, 2001
Yesterday, 17th of January, in the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the military intervention against Iraq in 1991, the Gulf War veterans CAROL PICOU and RAY BRISTOW participated in a Press Conference and a Public Conference organised by the Spanish Campaign for Lifting the Sanctions on Iraq (SCLSI).
Carol Picou, ex Sargent of US Army and Ray Bristow, a Medic of the British Army, both affected by the 'Gulf War Syndrome' expressed their solidarity with the Spanish and the Europeans soldiers as well as civil populations affected by the so called 'Balkans Syndrome'. They also supported the claim of an independent investigation on the effects of Depleted Uranium weapons in order to establish penal and political responsibilities of the Armies and Governments of US and NATO that used these kind of weapons during the Gulf War and in the interventions in the ex Republic of Yugoslavia.
Picou and Bistow firmly claimed for the cleaning of the areas where Depleted Uranium weapons have been used as well as compensation for all the countries and peopleS affected. Engaged with the suffering of the Iraqi people after ten years of war and embargo, they also claimed for the immediate lifting of sanctions against Iraq so this country can receive the medicines and medical supplies to attend all the needs of the Iraqi civil population and the Iraqi soldiers that are severely suffering the consequences of DU in their health.
Carol Picou and Ray Bristow were accompanied by other participants:
Carlos García Álvarez, General Secretary of the Spanish Soldier Defender
Ángeles Maestro, Secretary of International Solidarity of United Left Party (IU)
Patricia Rodríguez, fiancée of the died Spanish soldier Antonio González.
Juan Luis Ruiz-Giménez, Doctor, Sanitary co-ordinator of SCLSI
Carlos Varea, General co-ordinator of the SCLSI, Arab Cause Solidarity Committee
The Press Conference was largely followed by Spanish media, TV's and Radio broadcastings.
Today and tomorrow, Carol Picou and Ray Bristow will participate in several public conferences in Córdoba and Sevilla where they will be also received by the Municipal Council of Dos Hermanas, the town where Antonio Gónzalez, the Spanish soldier died last October after serving in Kosovo, was born.
SCLSI wants to express its solidarity with all the civil populations and soldiers affected by the use of Depleted Uranium in Gulf War and in the Balkans Wars and joins its efforts to all those that claims an immediate investigation over this issue.
IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE IRAQI PEOPLE
Madrid, 18 January, 2001
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