(Nis, Serbia, 5 April 2012) Media Research Center in Nis presented to a large audience the documentary film "13 years after, where are we today?" at the press conference held at the Media Center in Nis today.
The film’s aim is to encourage the government to adopt the Convention on Cluster Munitions and to publicly remind the Serbian population about the issue of cluster munitions in Serbia.
“Why has Serbia not signed the Convention even though it was one of the originators of such an idea?", asked Zoran Kosanovic, Editor of the Media Research Center at the press conference. He reminded that the filmmakers have not yet received any answer from the Ministry of Defense on the question: “Why Serbia is the only country in the region which has not signed this Convention?”
The film talks about the direct and indirect victims of cluster bombs. Victims, the representatives of the government at that time, NGO activists and doctor Zoran Scekic who took care of the victims, talk in this film about the devastating effects of cluster bombs in Nis which was bombed twice in May 1999 .
”The wounds from pistols and rifles can be piercing and penetrating, but what a cluster bomb can do to the body is destructive” - said Scekic.
During the conference, one of the main speakers in the documentary, Ban advocate Sladjan Vuckovic pointed out that the idea of the film has existed for years, but he also added:" All of us would be really happy if this documentary did not exist and if there were no victims at all. I hope the documentary will help in adopting the Convention.”
"Cluster bomb is not a defensive, precise weapon, and it was always used on someone else's territory," said Vuckovic, who, being a deminer in the war, lost both arms from the consequences of cluster bombs. "That is why it is necessary to ban their use and if Serbia adopts the Convention, we would be given financial resources and assistance for clearing the remaining bombs on our territory.
During the bombing on 7th May 1999, cluster bombs killed 15 people in Nis, and during both of these attacks more than 50 people were wounded. During the press conference, volunteers reminded the citizens of Nis of these facts, while distributing the documentary DVDs in the main city street. The projection of the film was also organized for the passers-by on a video beam.