Merkel warns against split on missile shield

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21 March 2007, Berlin (dpa) - Europe must not allow itself to be split over the stationing of parts of a US missile shield in Central Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned in a newspaper interview published Wednesday. "Europe is weakened in its strength and in its ability to assert its position when it is disunited," Merkel told the Rheinische Post. The German government has repeatedly made its position clear that the stationing of interceptor missiles in Poland, along with a tracking station

21 March 2007

Berlin (dpa) - Europe must not allow itself to be split over the stationing of parts of a US missile shield in Central Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned in a newspaper interview published Wednesday.

"Europe is weakened in its strength and in its ability to assert its position when it is disunited," Merkel told the Rheinische Post.

The German government has repeatedly made its position clear that the stationing of interceptor missiles in Poland, along with a tracking station in the Czech Republic, should be discussed within NATO as a whole and in consultation with the Russians.

The US insists the missiles are intended only to counter a possible future threat from countries like Iran, but Russia has strongly criticized the plans and warned of a new arms race.

During her visit to Poland last week, Merkel raised the issue with President Lech Kaczynski.

DPA

Subject: German news

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