[A-List] NATO Orders Hungary To Defeat Anti-Radar Base Opponents
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Fri Jun 25 22:17:52 MDT 2010
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From: Rick Rozoff
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Subject: [stopnato] NATO Orders Hungary To Defeat Anti-Radar Base Opponents
Xinhua News Agency
June 26, 2010
NATO expects swift resolution to Hungary radar location dispute
BUDAPEST: NATO expects Hungary to come to a decision soon on the building of
a long delayed radar facility.
Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, president of NATO's Military Committee, said on
Friday in Budapest after meeting with leading Hungarian military officials
and politicians, that he was "110 percent satisfied" Hungary would resolve
the question of where the radar will be located.
The controversial plan to build the NATO radar has been stalled since 2001
but now looks to be finally close to being realized. The radar was
originally destined for successive locations which were rejected on
environmental grounds. A Budapest newspaper reported on Tuesday that
Harmashegy in the Mecsek Hills in southern Hungary is now the most favored
site citing a report by Hungary's environmental ombudsman. Another option
being considered is to move the radar to Slovenia while Hungary would supply
aircraf t to patrol Slovenian airspace in exchange.
Preparations for building the radar were originally made in 2001 and the
construction license was issued during the previous Fidesz government in
2002. But a plan to site the radar at Zengo Hill in southern Hungary was
foiled after public protests on environmental grounds, and because local
councils and residents were not consulted during the licensing procedure.
Hungary's environmentally conscious president, Laszlo Solyom, also
personally protested against the building of the radar on Zengo Hill.
After a review requested by then Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany, Tubes
Hill, close to Pecs in southern Hungary, was selected as a new location in
2005. NATO approved the new site in May 2006 but the city of Pecs launched a
successful appeal against the construction license issued by the Defense
Ministry. The Supreme Court decided in March 2010 that the Defense Ministry
must start a new licensing procedure.
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