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US missiles in Czech will heighten tension with Russia, UK MPs fear

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, July 10, IRNA
UK-US Missiles
British MPs have expressed regret in parliament at the initial agreement to begin basing part of the controversial US intercontinental ballistic missile shield in the Czech republic.

An Early Day Motion, raised by Labour MP Ann Cryer, expressed fears that "the location of those US-controlled Missile Defense facilities in Eastern Europe would further heighten tension between NATO and Russia."

MPs warned that Russia had repeatedly made clear its view that such a facility would be "regarded as a threat to its national security."

On Monday, the Bush Administration signed a treaty with the government of the Czech Republic to locate a US Missile Defence radar base in the country.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice claimed the shield is a good deal for the Czech Republic and for Poland, where the United States hopes to place another part of the system, although it still has to reach formal agreement with Warsaw.

The British parliamentary motion also noted that the proposed base and radar facility will work in tandem with American spying bases in northern England at Menwith Hill and Fylingdales, where there have been repeated campaigns against the US use of UK soil.

Last month, UK MPs were urged to support a London vigil expressing solidarity with two Czech hunger strikers, who oppose the controversial US plans to deploy missile defence radar facilities in their country.

Jan Tamas and Jan Bednar were said to have been inspired by several opinion polls, showing that 70 per cent of Czech people oppose the missile facilities being deployed on their soil.

Stop the War Coalition in Britain have described the Missile Defence plan, which is often dubbed as the "son of Star Wars,' as "part of the United States' strategy for global military dominance."

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