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Boozy antics cost Swedish major his job

A major in the Swedish army serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has lost his job following a bout of excessive drinking and sexual relations with a local woman.

In its ruling, the military personnel disciplinary offences board said the major’s behaviour was “unacceptable”. It also implied that he breached safety precautions:

“In light of the code of ethics and code of conduct, which aim to maintain the local population’s respect for the Swedish personnel, the major must have realized the consequences of his actions,” it wrote.

The board decided unanimously to dismiss the major from the international force.

The major denies both that he was intoxicated and that he had intended to have a sexual relationship with the woman.

He began his tour in the DRC in November 2008 and was due to serve with the UN Mission (MONUC) force until November 2009.

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Turkey forms ‘permanent committee’ to assess Swedish Nato deal

Turkey on Thursday said a new "permanent committee" would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara's conditions to ratify their Nato membership bids.

Turkey forms 'permanent committee' to assess Swedish Nato deal

Finland and Sweden dropped their history of military non-alignment and announced plans to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of
February. All 30 Nato members must ratify the accession.

Nato member Turkey has demanded the extradition of dozens of suspected “terrorists” from both countries under an accession deal the three signed last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “freeze” the process over Sweden and Finland’s failure to extradite the suspects.

He accuses them of providing a haven for outlawed Kurdish militants. “If these countries are not implementing the points included in the
memorandum that we signed, we will not ratify the accession protocol,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed in a televised interview.

He said the committee would meet in August but provided no details.Turkey’s parliament has broken for its summer recess and will not be able
to hold a ratification vote before October. Some Turkish officials have warned that the process may drag out until next year.

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