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May 15 2007

Sweden to Send Army to Darfur

Swedish Soldiers Wanted in Darfur

Ban Ki-Moon, the UN Secretary General has asked Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to join a future UN peacekeeping force in Darfur. This Happened when Fredrik Reinfelt met the UN chief in New York yesterday, Monday May 14th when he was in New York.

Reinfeldt said “He(Ban Ki-Moon) wants to see a Swedish involvement, and there are currently discussions underway about whether we should join Norway to create a unit,”

Recently polls in Sweden indicated that Swedish people do not want further involvement with EU military actions, including peacekeeping or actions with NATO.

Reinfeldt told Ban Ki-Moon that Sweden would be prepared to join in the peace effort under the right circumstances. “We can’t give the go-ahead until we know what the force looks like, what security will be like and what the leadership will be”. The important issue as other countries have mentioned is that “it is important for Europe to realize that it will probably be under African command,” said Reinfeldt.

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