Prague proposes Czech-German army unit

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31 August 2004 , PRAGUE - Czech Republic Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda has proposed that the Czech and German armies form a joint military unit for special combat duties, Prague's Mlada fronta Dnes newspaper said Tuesday. The plan has not been discussed by the Czech or German governments but was outlined by Svoboda as a general ministry proposal during his meeting Monday with Czech diplomats. Svoboda said the unit could operate in the context of the emerging European Union defence system, and might play a

31 August 2004

PRAGUE - Czech Republic Foreign Minister Cyril Svoboda has proposed that the Czech and German armies form a joint military unit for special combat duties, Prague's Mlada fronta Dnes newspaper said Tuesday.

The plan has not been discussed by the Czech or German governments but was outlined by Svoboda as a general ministry proposal during his meeting Monday with Czech diplomats.

Svoboda said the unit could operate in the context of the emerging European Union defence system, and might play a role in international emergencies such as a genocide situation in Africa.

"If a proposed joint Czech-German army unit is created, it would be considered the height of mutual trust and respect," Svoboda said.

A government opposition leader, Petr Necas, told the paper that the idea is "nonsense". But a diplomatic source said the arrangement would be "ideal" for Czech-German relations.

DPA

Subject: German news

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