PRAGUE, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The next rounds of negotiations between the
United States and the Czech Republic on the stationing of a U.S. radar base on
Czech soil will be held in Prague in late January, according to information from
the Czech news agency CTK on Tuesday.
The Czech Defense Ministry is to negotiate with U.S. representatives on
The Defense Ministry deals with the legal conditions of the U.S. troops'
stay, while the Foreign Ministry negotiates about the main treaty concerning the
The United States initiated the plan to deploy an anti-missile radar base
in the Czech Republic and a missile interceptor base in Poland earlier last
year. Negotiations between the Czech republic and the United States are
Poland has been negotiating with the United States about the base, too. New
polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk recently said that Poland should not make the
decision on the base prematurely.
He is to visit Prague on Thursday, mainly to discuss the issue of missile
defense in central Europe.
Topolanek said the Czech Republic and Poland want to avoid the situation
where they would approve the bases, but a new U.S. administration would then
reject the project.
Both Topolanek and Tusk plan to individually meet U.S. President George
Bush over the missile defense bases this winter.
According to a recent public opinion poll, 70 percent of Czech citizens
oppose the installation of the base. Parties in the coalition government are
divided on the issue, either.
Russia has also expressed strong objection to the U.S. missile defense
program in Poland and the Czech Republic.