Vatican     VATICAN PAPER URGES UNIFIED RESPONSE TO CYANIDE SPILL
Following the environmental disaster that has struck the Danube, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has called for 'international cooperation free of egotism" and the promotion of "an environmental culture.'
    "The time has come to promote international cooperation free of egotism and barriers," the article states, at the end of a full report on the ecological catastrophe caused in Romania, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia by escaping cyanide from a Romanian mine.
    "Seventeen countries gravitate toward the Danube basin with 80 million people. Adequate laws are necessary and supra-national surveillance for proper draining. But, above all, what is necessary is preventive work and the growth of a culture that respects the environment and man," the Vatican newspaper stated.
    The spill was allegedly caused by a part-Australian owned mining company operating in Romania.
   
    Zenit (available soon) 21/2/00

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