Rice and Czech FM to sign missile shield deal

Rice and Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg will sign the treaty in Cernin Palace, the Foreign Ministry's headquarters, the government said.

Rice and Czech FM to sign missile shield deal
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is set to sign a treaty allowing the installation of a missile shield, Czech Republic officials said Saturday.

The Czech government posted Rice's itinerary on its Web site, revealing the treaty to establish a missile radar station in the country will be signed Tuesday, Czech Happenings, the online magazine of the Czech News Agency, reported.

Rice and Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg will sign the treaty in Cernin Palace, the Foreign Ministry's headquarters, the government said.

Czech Happenings says the treaty will still require approval by the Czech Parliament and President Vaclav Klaus, adding that negotiations are still ongoing on other matters related to the main treaty.

The U.S. plans to deploy a 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar station on Czech soil. The plans are vigorously opposed by Russia, which considers them a threat to national security.

Agencies
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