2003 May 18 Sunday
Richard Myers Threatens To Move NATO Headquarters

US military chief of staff General Richard Myers has threatened to move NATO headquarters from Brussels Belgium.

America's top military officer has warned that Nato may have to move from its Brussels headquarters after an attempt to bring war crimes charges against General Tommy Franks, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq, in the Belgian courts.

The threat is in response to a legal action taken against General Tommy Franks in Belgian courts for US conduct in the Iraq war.

Lawyer Jan Fermon presented the complaint against Franks and a Marine officer he identified as Col. Brian P. McCoy to Belgium's federal prosecutors' office despite recent changes in the country's war crimes law to prevent such charges against Americans.

Eastern Europe would be a cheaper area to operate NATO headquarters. Though there may be a considerable cost in moving my guess is that the yearly savings would pay it back eventually. The Poles would probably be happy to host NATO. Some US military facilities currently located in Germany could also be transferred to Poland. Though it might make more sense to put them in Romania or Bulgaria so that they are closer to the Middle East.

Update: The Belgian Prime Minister is going to force the lawsuit to be shifted to an American court.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium's Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said on Saturday he would send a war crimes lawsuit filed in Belgium against the commander of U.S.-led forces in Iraq to the United States next week.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 May 18 02:10 AM  Europe and America


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