January 4, 2001 |
Italy said it had urged NATO to investigate claims that six Italian soldiers who died after serving in the Balkans were killed by exposure to depleted uranium from spent ammunition fired by North Atlantic Treaty Organization forces. Prime Minister Giuliano Amato said alarm over the so-called Balkan syndrome was "more than legitimate." All six victims had leukemia. The latest, a 24-year-old from Sicily, died last fall after serving twice in Bosnia-Herzegovina but never in Kosovo.