US missile plans 'provocation,' Austrian defence minister says

Austrian Defence Minister Norbert Darabos on Thursday said US plans to establish a missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic "made no sense.

US missile plans 'provocation,' Austrian defence minister says
Austrian Defence Minister Norbert Darabos on Thursday said US plans to establish a missile defence system in Poland and the Czech Republic "made no sense.

"In an interview with the newspaper Die Presse, the Social Democrat said building the missile defence system would only unnecessarily rekindle Cold War debates.

"I personally believe the path chosen by the US is wrong," Darabos said. There had to be different options to defend against Iran's long-range missiles.

"There have to be other options. The US also found a compromise with North Korea. I think it is a provocation that the US was building defence shields in the former Eastern Europe."

Regarding Austria's engagement in Union Nation missions, Darabos said Austria was currently not considering sending troops to Darfur. "We are of the opinion that we cannot provide a substantial contribution to the Sudan mission."

In the Kosovo status question, Austria continues to believe in a UN solution. Darabos criticized that Serbia had not been sufficiently included in negotiations. The defence minister expressed his belief that a split of the province into Serbian and ethnic Albanian territories would be fatal.


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