Spain criticises Persson decision
The Local · 2 Apr 2004, 00:00
Published: 02 Apr 2004 00:00 GMT+02:00
Last week the disapproval came from the opposition parties; this week it will have been considerably more embarrassing, coming as it did from Spain's foreign minister, Ana Palacio.
Speaking on Swedish Television, she said, "We want to thank all the heads of state...who understood the importance of this symbolic event."
Listing some of the illustrious attendees, such as Tony Blair, Colin Powell, Chancellor Schroeder and President Chirac, she pointedly commented, "I understand your prime minister had something more important to do."
Persson was actually visiting a farm in Sörmland.