Czech Senate passes both treaties on planned U.S. radar base 2008-11-28 05:04:21   Print

    PRAGUE, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Czech Senate Thursday approved both Czech-U.S. treaties on the planned stationing of a U.S. radar base on Czech soil that is to be part of the U.S. missile defense shield.

    The result of the vote is no surprise as the centre-right government coalition holds a majority in the upper house. Both treaties were supported by 49 of the 81 senators present.

    The first treaty concerns the stationing of the radar base in the Brdy military grounds, 90 kilometers southwest of Prague, while the second treaty deals with the status of U.S. soldiers in the Czech Republic.

    The leftist senators for the opposition Social Democrats (CSSD)and Communists (KSCM) voted against the treaties.

    CSSD senator Jiri Dienstbier said the Czech Republic should postpone the ratification of the treaties by one year to wait for the results of talks on possible new agreements on European security.

    The treaties will take effect if passed by the Chamber of Deputies and signed by President Vaclav Klaus. Klaus said in July he would sign the treaty on the base's construction.

    However, the ruling coalition does not hold a majority in the Chamber and it might not be able to push the treaties through it.

Editor: Sun
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