U.S. experts to consult radar issues in CzechRep this week

U.S. experts will arrive in the Czech Republic to debate various aspects of the planned building of a missile defence radar base on Czech soil from Wednesday till Friday, the Defence Ministry´s press service informed CTK today.

The Americans will consult construction works, logistics, fire protection, health care provision as well as nature and landscape protection with Czech representatives.

This will be another in a series of similar meetings that have taken place since 2007.

The radar base to be built at the Brdy military district, some 90km southwest of Prague, along with a base for ten interceptor missiles in Poland are elements of the U.S. missile defence shield to protect the United States and Europe against missiles that states like Iran might launch.

The U.S. experts will arrive in the Czech Republic for the first time since Czech and U.S. representatives signed both main radar treaties that enable the stationing of the base on Czech soil.

Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed the main radar treaty in Prague in July.

The complementary SOFA treaty that defines the legal status of U.S. soldiers on Czech territory was signed by Czech Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanova and her U.S. counterpart Robert Gates last Friday.

Both treaties must yet be approved by Czech parliament and signed by President Vaclav Klaus.

[Source: Czech News Agency, Prague, 23Sep08]

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