Thanks to Rick Rozoff for sending this to DS.
Czech News Agency
September 17, 2009
Prague: The Czech Social Democrats (CSSD), the Communists (KSCM) as well as anti-radar activists today welcomed the U.S. decision to withdraw from its missile defence project that reckoned with a radar in the Czech Republic and a missile base in Poland.
CSSD chairman Jiri Paroubek and Jan Majicek, from the No Bases movement, called the decision by the U.S. administration of President Barack Obama “a victory of the Czech people.”
“I am glad that the decision proved that we were right….It was confirmed that there are no reasons for the establishment of the U.S. missile defence shield,” Paroubek told CTK.
The previous U.S. administration intended to install a radar base in Brdy military grounds, some 90km southwest of Prague, and a base with interceptor missiles in Poland as elements of the anti-missile shield to protect the United States and its allies in Europe against missiles that states like Iran might launch.
Politicians supporting the radar project, such as former foreign minister Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09), former president Vaclav Havel and Topolanek, should take it into consideration into what adventure they were driving the country, Paroubek stressed.
The two Czech-U.S. treaties defining the conditions of the U.S. radar base on Czech soil were approved by the upper house of Czech parliament, the Senate, last November. The lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, in which the opponents of the radar base prevailed, has not yet voted on them.
Majicek said his movement wished the radar treaties were completely abolished.
Most Czechs opposed the radar base, according to polls. A number of demonstrations and protests were staged against the project.
Obama telephoned Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer in the night to tell him that the United States is going to withdraw from its missile defence project, a diplomatic source told CTK.
Obama’s administration has been re-assessing the proposed defence system.
A delegation of the U.S. departments of state and defense is to present the assessment results in Warsaw and Prague later today.
“It is naturally a joyful piece of news for us all who were fighting against the radar base in our country,” KSCM deputy Sona Markova told CTK.
She recalled that the Communists also pushed for a referendum to be held on the radar base.
Russian diplomats today welcomed the U.S intention to scrap the project of the missile defence shield in Central Europe, Russian new agencies reported.
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