Tuesday, September 10, 2013

U.S. to start work on missile defense system in Romania in October

BUCHAREST, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Romania's Defence Minister Mircea Dusa announcedMonday that the Americans would begin work on the Deveselu military base in earlyOctober.

The minister made the announcement in his visit Monday to the air base at Deveselu insouthern Romania, where the Romanian servicemen work to make some arrangements theDefence Ministry must ensure.

According to a bilateral agreement signed in 2011, the U.S. system of defense missileinterceptors will be placed at Deveselu, as a component of the Adaptive Phased Approachto the U.S. Defense System against the Ballistic Missiles in Europe by 2015.

Dusa said that there were some more things that must be made by the Romanians atDeveselu, "I am referring to making the area more secure, namely to enclose the area withthe NATO type fence, and, of course, the road that should make possible patrolling in thisarea."

"We had to finalize this work next year, according to schedule," he added.

The minister added that the Romanian side too must make a sewage treatment plant andthe drinking water supply system.

"Procedures are underway for a tender for other work that must be done next year,namely the electric lighting of the entire area, the supervision system," said Dusa, addingthat "We have made a priority of ensuring the funds for this year and for the next year inorder to make what devolves on the Romanian side."

Romania and the United States signed the ballistic missile defense agreement inWashington, D.C. on Sept. 12, 2011, allowing the United States to construct, maintain andoperate a facility encompassing the land-based SM-3 ballistic missile defense system at theDeveselu Air Base.

The system will provide a defensive capability to protect Europe and the United Statesagainst ballistic missiles launched from the Middle East, the U.S. State Department saidwhen inking the deal.

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