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Ashe in Redzikowo
December 3, 2008   
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Residents of Redzikowo in Pomerania province met U.S. Ambassador Victor Ashe Nov. 25 and presented him with a letter protesting plans to locate an interceptor missile base in their town as part of the American missile defense system.

"We are deeply concerned by the threats which are coming to our region from all directions," the letter said. "You are probably aware that 90 percent of the residents object to the location of the facility, which means risks for Redzikowo and the entire region of central Pomerania. At the same time, we hope the wishes and fears of the locals will at least be noticed by the powers-that-be on the American side." Ashe did not comment on the contents of the letter, which he received after an hour-long meeting with a dozen residents of Redzikowo.

The meeting was the first opportunity for the locals to discuss the missile shield with someone representing the U.S. administration. Ashe had said he was looking forward to such a meeting during his previous visit to the area in October. The ambassador answered questions concerning the plans to build a launching pad for 10 anti-ballistic missiles on a former military airstrip in Redzikowo. Ashe said the base would not constitute any threat to the locals and added the Americans stationed there would become members of the local community. He added the current residents would not be inconvenienced by the base in any way. The latter problem was discussed in conjunction with concerns about use of water intakes in the airstrip and a planned local road.
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