Letter: Belgrade's answer
Friday 26 March 1999
Prior to the war in the former Yugoslavia, the Yugoslav People's Army was known to have an extensive and sophisticated chemical weapons programme that produced the nerve gas sarin, the blister agent sulfur mustard, the psychochemical incapacitant BZ, the irritants CS, CN and chloropicrin as well as the deadly choking agent phosgene and the psychochemical incapacitant LSD-25. There are four known facilities that have produced - and possibly continue to produce - chemical weapons, Prva Iskra, Miloje Blagojevic, Miloje Zakic and Merima - all in Serbia.
There is substantial evidence to suggest that the Serbs used chemical weapons on Muslim boys and men fleeing the "safe area" of Srebrenica during July 1995. The evidence is difficult to collect, for some of the chemicals are difficult to detect and we have had to rely on the testimonies of the few survivors; most of the boys and men, around 10,000, lie in mass graves.
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
New era of cheap oil 'will destroy green revolution'
Ukip founder Alan Sked and Nigel Farage 'begged Enoch Powell to stand as a candidate'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant