Turkey agrees to host early warning radar

NATO members have agreed to an anti-missile system over Europe to protect against Iranian ballistic missiles.

Updated: Sep 02, 2011, 13:39 PM IST

Ankara: Turkey says it has reached agreement on the deployment of a radar on its territory as part of NATO`s missile defence system.

Turkey`s Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued late Thursday that discussions "have reach their final stages”.

NATO members agreed to an anti-missile system over Europe to protect against Iranian ballistic missiles at a summit in Lisbon last year. A compromise was reached with Turkey, which has cultivated close ties with its neighbour Iran and had threatened to block the deal if Iran is explicitly named as a threat.
The ministry statement said the system would strengthen both NATO and Turkey`s own defence capacities. It did not say when or where the radar would be stationed.

Bureau Report