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Caucasus: Officials Muted On U.S. Radar Proposal

March 2, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Officials in Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan say they have not received a request from the United States to host a radar system that would be part of Washington's proposed missile-defense shield in Europe.

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U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Henry Obering, who heads the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, said March 1 that the United States is looking to base an antimissile radar in one of the South Caucasus countries.

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Obering says a radar system in the Caucasus would be "useful, but not essential." He did not specify which country he sought to base the radar in. But observers suggest that it would likely go to either Azerbaijan or Georgia.

Of the three South Caucasus countries, Armenia maintains the warmest ties with Russia.

(RFE/RL's Armenian, Azerbaijani, Georgian, and Russian services contributed to this report.)

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