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Prague Denies Missile Base Plans
April 23, 2008   
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The Czech authorities have denied Polish media reports that they have been considering allowing an American anti-missile base to be set up in the Czech Republic if Poland refuses to host the base.

The Czechs have already agreed to host a radar system in their country as part of the American "anti-missile shield" project. Poland, meanwhile, has been the Americans' preferred location up to now for the missile base.

Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech foreign minister, called the latest media reports absurd. According to Alexandr Vondra, Czech deputy prime minister for European affairs, the Czech government is not conducting any negotiations over the missile base. "We are talking only about the radar because we know that Czech society will not accept any other installation," he said.

Polish media have been speculating recently about whether Polish-American negotiations over the missile shield have come to a halt. Poland has demanded long-term military assistance from the United States, in particular the delivery of Patriot air defense missiles, in return for allowing the Americans to set up their missile base here. According to unofficial diplomatic sources, the Polish authorities are not satisfied with what the Americans have offered Warsaw so far.
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