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Poland Set For Talks On Hosting US Missile Defence Site

Poland's deputy foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski. Copyright AFP
by Staff Writers
Warsaw (AFP) Apr 10, 2006
Washington has proposed holding detailed talks with Warsaw on locating part of a US anti-missile defence system on Polish soil, Poland's deputy foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski said Friday.

"They asked us officially if we were still interested in discussing the issue. Of course we said 'yes' and we are awaiting details," Waszczykowski was quoted as saying by Poland's PAP news agency.

"If Poland is chosen as a partner in these discussions, they could begin in July," he added.

"Poland has not yet made any commitment. We are listening and analysing what the Americans are telling us."

The Gazeta Wyborcza newspaper reported in November that Poland had held talks with the United States about stationing part of its anti-missile defence system on Polish soil.

The same month, a senior US defence official said Washington was discussing with Poland and other countries possible sites in Europe for a missile interceptor base capable of guarding against long-range missile attack.

Such a site in central Europe would provide both the United States and Europe protection against long-range missiles fired from the Middle East or North Africa, the official said.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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