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Czech to present counterproposal to U.S. radar treaty

The Czech Republic will present a counter-proposal to the U.S. radar treaty in July, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said.

Czech to present counterproposal to U.S. radar treaty
The Czech Republic will present a counter-proposal to the U.S. radar treaty in July, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said on Thursday.

Topolanek said there was no difference in principle between his country and the United States on deploying a radar system, but both sides should seek compromise regarding some issues, the CTK news agency reported.

He added that a new round of talks on a proposed missile defense system would start in August.

Topolanek also mentioned the Russian proposal that the defense base be placed in Azerbaijan instead of Central Europe.

He said the radar in Azerbaijan cannot replace the system in Central Europe, it can only complement and strengthen it.

The prime minister said his country is consulting with neighboring Poland where Washington plans to station the missile part of its defense shield. German opinions on the plan are also important for the Czech Republic, he added.

The Czech Republic and the United States have held two rounds of negotiations on the radar base. Negotiators from the two sides are discussing a treaty that would define the conditions of the functioning and operation of a possible radar base, its location, access to the base, possibilities of visits to it and logistics.

Czech First Deputy Foreign Minister Tomas Pojar, who took part in the negotiations, said Prague has outlined its idea of what "counter-services" the United States should provide in exchange for the radar system on Czech territory.

Pojar said the treaty should be more specific and better explain the functioning of the whole system.

The United States unveiled its plan in January to place a radar system in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in Poland, as components of the missile defense shield. Russia has voiced strong opposition to the deployment.
Last Mod: 15 Haziran 2007, 11:02
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