Iraq buying Czech aircraft

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Iraq is buying 28 L-159 dual purpose trainer and combat jets from the Czech Republic under a deal worth $1 billion.

Iraq retains interest in Czech fighter

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Iraq is interested in purchasing jet fighter aircraft from the Czech Republic, the Czech Ministry of Defense says.

Countries back Jewish property restitution

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, June 30 (UPI) -- A document signed by 46 countries urges them to pay or return property seized from Jews by Nazis during World War II, officials said Tuesday.

Poles, Czechs seek Obama nod on shield

WARSAW, Poland, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Poland and the Czech Republic say they hope U.S. President-elect Barack Obama remains committed to an Eastern European missile defense shield.

Czech U.S. radar refusal may cause problem

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, May 28 (UPI) -- A Czech government minister said Prague might have to reimpose its obligatory draft if it rejects a U.S. plan to deploy a radar base.

Former Czechoslovak PM Adamec dead

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, April 20 (UPI) -- Ladislav Adamec, a former Czechoslovak prime minister who helped keep the transition from communism non-violent, has died in Prague. He was 80.

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Alexandr "Saša" Vondra (Czech pronunciation: ) (born 17 August 1961 in Prague) was the foreign minister of the Czech Republic from 4 September 2006 to 9 January 2007 and Senator for Litoměřice district for the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) since autumn Czech Senate election, 2006. On January 9, 2007, during the new government reshuffle, he was appointed a deputy Prime Minister for European affairs.

He graduated in geography from Charles University in Prague in 1984, receiving a Doctor in Natural Sciences degree one year later. In the mid-1980s he was a dissident and Charter 77 signatory. After organizing a demonstration in January 1989, Vondra was imprisoned for two months. In November 1989, while the Velvet Revolution was underway, he co-founded the Civic Forum.

In 1990-1992, Vondra was foreign policy advisor to President Václav Havel. When Havel stepped-down from his office during dissolution of Czechoslovakia and at the same time independent Czech foreign service began to be formed, Vondra became Czech Republic's First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in August 1992, responsible i. a. for negotiating the division of Czechoslovak diplomacy. In 1996 he was a chief negotiator for the Czech-German Declaration on the Mutual Relations and their Future Development. In March 1997 Vondra left to become the Czech Ambassador to the United States, staying there until July 2001. From March 2001 to January 2003, Vondra was the Czech Government Commissioner responsible for preparation of 2002 Prague summit of the NATO. From January to July 2003 Vondra was a Deputy Foreign Minister.

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