Czech villages demand compensation for U.S. radar base

Mayors of Czech municipalities neighboring on the planned U.S. radar base demanded financial and moral compensation for the possible presence of U.S. military experts in the area.

Czech villages demand compensation for U.S. radar base
Mayors of Czech municipalities neighboring on the planned U.S. radar base demanded financial and moral compensation for the possible presence of U.S. military experts in the area on Wednesday.

Radar or no radar, the municipalities should be compensated, the mayors said at a meeting with government coordinator Tomas Klvana.

"We have 200 hectares of forest in the military area and we get nothing for it, same as other municipalities. We lose one million crowns a year," said Milan Kozlik, mayor of Kozlik village.

The meeting was attended by nine of sixteen mayors invited. Seven mayors said they would not arrive because they did not trust Klvana.

Klvana said the cabinet would meet in Spalene Porici on September 5 to discuss the issue.

He said the radar base would not cause any further limitations for the locals.

Nevertheless, mayors of municipalities near the Brdy military district where the possible radar base is to be constructed were against the plan. They feared that the radar could affect the environment and the health of the local people.

Local referendums on the base were held in several municipalities in the area, all of them clearly saying "No" to the base.

The U.S. unveiled its plan in January to place 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic, as components of the missile defense shield.

According to a recent public opinion poll, more than two thirds of Czech citizens disagree with the installation of the base. Parties in the coalition government are not united on the issue either.

Agencies
Last Mod: 23 Ağustos 2007, 15:13
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