Poland hopes to land NATO surveillance base

Poland, July 25 | Updated: Jul 26 2006, 05:30am hrs
Poland said on Tuesday it had secured German and French backing for the ex-communist nation to host a new NATO base that could bring about 3,000 jobs and millions of euros in investment. Defence minister Radoslaw Sikorski said he was hopeful the base, part of the alliance's new "eye in the sky" surveillance system, would be awarded to Poland by the end of 2006. "The French and German ministers have given us their support for the base being located in Poland," Sikorski told reporters after meeting his French and German counterparts in southern Poland. "NATO's decision is to be taken this year and only then will we know what the timetable for construction is."