THE NORTH Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) needs Slovakia’s support in the development of US missile defence shield, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said following his first meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová in Brussels on July 13, the SITA newswire reported.
Rasmussen is hopeful that NATO will make a decision on the missile defence system in Europe at the summit planned for November.
“We need real protection and the proposed missile defence system will be able to protect the population of all NATO member states,” he said as quoted by SITA.
The NATO secretary general recalled his visit to Slovakia during the administration of former Prime Minister Robert Fico who announced at their joint press conference that as long as he served as the head of the Slovak government there would be no missile system in Slovakia. Rasmussen said he did not react to Fico’s words at that time because NATO had never asked Slovakia to permit the placement of missiles in its territory and that there is no such a request on the table at present.
Radičová replied that common security cannot simply be a domestic issue and that Slovakia, as a NATO member, is ready to live up to its obligations in this very important realm, SITA wrote.
19. Jul 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff