RFE does not rule out moving out of city centre
After the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United Stated, four armoured personnel carriers were stationed outside the Prague headquarters of the US-funded Radio Free Europe and several paratroopers with assault rifles are patrolling the building. In December, the National Security Council recommended the station should move out of the centre of Prague, the United States, however doesn't acknowledge the need to relocate the station. Pavla Horakova has more.
"We don't rule out the possibility of moving and Mr Dine has said he welcomes the negotiations with the Czech government. He would also like to have a look at some alternatives. So far the Czech government hasn't submitted any. And if these alternatives met our basic conditions for our operations Mr Dine would certainly consider the possibility. We don't rule out any possibilities but so far we haven't seen anything specific."
Finally, I asked a few citizens of Prague walking past the Radio Free Europe building what they thought of moving the station from its present location...
"In my opinion it's necessary, I'm afraid..."
"It would be practical, because we can't drive here anymore..."
"Well, I think it would be a practical thing, considering the security situation at the moment."
"I think it's a matter of caution..."
"It should not move, I'm 100 percent against it..."