Czech President Vaclav Klaus (C) inspects the honor guards at the presidential palace in Prague, capital of the Czech Republic on March 7, 2008. Vaclav Klaus was inaugurated Friday for his second five-year term as Czech president. (Xinhua/Czech News Agency)
PRAGUE, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Vaclav Klaus was sworn in again as the Czech Republic's president for another five years in Prague Castle on Friday.
In a 10-minute investiture address, Klaus said he would act in accordance with the Czech constitution and use the possibilities it provides him with caution.
"At present my position is that I will continue to be cautious and rather conservative in the use of the possibilities the Constitution gives me," Klaus said.
Referring to the Czech Republic's foreign policy priorities, Klaus said, "We are interested in cooperation with the European Union, in the strong trans-Atlantic ties with the United States, in good relations with our neighbors and in active partnership with other world powers."
The president said he considered foreign policy an important part of his presidential work.
The Czech Republic will take up the European Union (EU) presidency in the first half of 2009, which will be an important test and also an opportunity for the country, he said, adding that he would like "the government and president to act jointly."
The Czech Republic should contribute to developing the EU into a democratic organization of European states and their citizens rather than an organization of politicians and their aides, he said.
"I will do everything so that the following five years will be a good period for the Czech Republic," Klaus concluded.
Klaus, 66, was elected in 2003 for the first time. He is the 10th head of state since since 1918.
Nominated by the governing rightist Civic Democratic Party, he was re-elected president on Feb. 15.
The Czech constitution allows the president to serve no more than two consecutive terms.