Deal on US radar base just needs signature, says Czech PM

Negotiations between the Czech Republic and the United States on US plans to build a radar base in central Bohemia have been concluded, Czech prime minister, Mirek Topolánek, said in an interview for the newspaper Hospodařské noviny. Mr Topolánek said it seemed the last remaining points of contention in the bilateral deal had been ironed out and all that remained was to arrange a signing ceremony. On Sunday the Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg, said there was one outstanding issue – a Czech demand for a guarantee the US would clean up any potential environmental damage. Both Washington and Prague will be hoping to drum up support for the project – part of a US global anti missile defence system – at a NATO summit in Bucharest later this week. However, the Czech Parliament has yet to vote on whether to allow the US to build the base in Brdy, central Bohemia.

Author: Rosie Johnston