Opponents warn against radiation from U.S. radar base in Czech Republic
www.chinaview.cn 2008-01-31 09:36:20   Print

    PRAGUE, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- Opponents of the planned U.S. radar base in the Czech Republic on Wednesday warned against electromagnetic radiation from the base that would have a negative impact on human health.

    It would also threaten air traffic in an area of 50 km in diameter as well as operation at the Prague-Ruzyne international airport, said activists from the No to Bases Service association.

    Risks exist not only for those living close to the base, but also for people in other areas of the country, including the capital Prague, said Jan Zizka, a supporter of referendum on the radar base.

    They have planned to bring the case to the Council of Europe.

    The planned radar base, as part of the U.S. missile defense shield, has met strong opposition in the country. Recent polls showed that some 70 percent of Czech citizens are against the base.

    Such a base would threaten the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Czech Republic as well as the lives of Czech inhabitants, they said.

    A U.S. radar in the Czech Republic would boost the U.S. geopolitical influence in Central Europe, and it would also stimulate orders for the U.S. armament industry, they added.

    The United States initiated the plan to deploy an anti-missile radar base in the Czech Republic and a missile interceptor base in Poland. Negotiations between the Czech Republic and the United States are still underway.

    Russia has voiced strong objection to the U.S. missile defense program in the two countries.

Editor: An Lu
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