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Croatia Mulls Allowing U.S. To Use Bases

2 February 2005 -- The Croatian parliament opened a debate today on whether to approve an accord with the United States that would allow U.S. forces to use Croatia's military bases.

Under the proposed accord, Croatia would let U.S. troops use its bases, as well as its air space and ports, in military exercises.

Defense Minister Berislav Roncevic told deputies that the agreement would help Croatia's efforts to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization by 2007 and boost its military cooperation with the United States.

Croatia joined NATO's Partnership for Program four years ago.