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Sobotka: ČSSD not to cooperate with parties opposed to NATO

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Brno, March 11 (CTK) – The Czech senior government Social Democratic Party (CSSD) will not cooperate on government level with parties which reject NATO and EU membership, the new party leadership has agreed, Bohuslav Sobotka said on Saturday after a two-day CSSD congress that re-elected him chairman on Friday.

Sobotka said no proposal to deal with the “Bohumin resolution” of 1995, which bans the CSSD from government-level cooperation with extremist parties, including the Communists (KSCM), was made at the CSSD congress.

The KSCM insists on its negative stance on NATO.

Sobotka said the CSSD would be forming any possible government coalitions based on programme agreement and the values it espouses.

That is why the party need not return to its 20-year-old resolution, Sobotka said.

“Our membership of NATO is one of the key preconditions for the stability and security of the Czech Republic. The CSSD can hardly cooperate on government level iwth parties that reject NATO or EU membership,” Sobotka said.

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