Defence Minister: Czech parliament to debate radar base in October


In related news, Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanova has said that the Czech Lower House should start debating next month whether to station a US anti-missile defence shield on Czech soil. Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg has already signed an agreement with American Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice approving the project, but this agreement needs to be ratified by the Czech parliament before construction can actually start. Plans to build a US radar base in the Czech Republic are controversial, with over 50 percent of Czechs against the idea. In parliament, the government can expect a hard time pushing the treaty through, with some of its own coalition MPs adamantly opposed to the base, and other still unsure which way they are going to vote.