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March 20, 1985

The Belgian Cabinet won a vote of confidence in Parliament on its decision to deploy new U.S.-made nuclear missiles. The vote was 116 to 93 in favor of stationing the first 16 of 48 medium-range cruise missiles on Belgian territory. The center-right coalition government of Premier Wilfried Martens had delayed a decision on the missiles, and some members of coalition parties feared that because of anti-nuclear sentiment, a vote to deploy the weapons would hurt them in the next general election.

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