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Bildt: Sweden expects Libya mission extension

TT/The Local/pvs · 24 May 2011, 16:33

Published: 24 May 2011 16:33 GMT+02:00

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Bildt expects NATO to decide at its meeting on June 8th to extend the mission to impose and control a no-fly zone in the North African country.

According to preliminary information received by Sweden, NATO has identified the gaps that exist today.

"The preliminary indications are deficiencies in air reconnaissance, air refueling and ground combat. There are no naval deficiencies," said Carl Bildt at a press briefing in parliament.

Social Democrat leader Håkan Juholt has argued that Sweden should not continue its deployment of Gripen planes to Libya, claiming that the Libyan air force has been eliminated.

But Carl Bildt has argued that the aircraft are still needed.

"It is essentially, if not entirely, correct. But intelligence-gathering resources are still needed. Qaddafi has resources which he has not used yet and if it develops into a ground offensive, it is important to detect these in time," he said.

He pointed out that the Swedish planes have the capability to take very good pictures from planes which NATO doesn't have.

"You should do what is necessary. We are not there for fun. We are part of an international team which will support the UN's unique resolution," said Bildt.

Bildt declined to answer whether he considered it more important to amend the deployment in order to keep the Social Democrats on board or whether the government was prepared to reach agreement with the Green Party to continue.

"We also aim in these circumstances to reach broad agreements. This is how it has been and how it should remain," he said.

According to Bildt, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt will contact the party leaders who took part in the first agreement if Sweden receives a new inquiry.

Carl Bildt meanwhile considers developments in Libya to be heading in the right direction, with Qaddafi's troops forced to withdraw more than expected in some areas and that they are under intense bombardment in the mountains on the border with Tunisia.

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"There is some movement in the whole picture which makes me a little less pessimistic than before," he said.

Another indication is that Libya's oil minister Shokri Ghanem has defected to Tunisia. Ghanem is a key figure who enjoys respect in both camps, according to Bildt.

"He is a key actor in the future," he said.

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Your comments about this article

11:45 May 25, 2011 by johnny1939
What a waste of time and money!!!
12:40 May 25, 2011 by Prat
Sweden is throwing away taxpayer money while supporting NATO's illegal war.

Will Iran be next? Or Spain?

"Make Sweden more like the USA - Vote Moderaterna"
14:47 May 25, 2011 by lux.veritas
"We are here to liberate you,"

Liberate you of your land, resources, wealth, sovereignty and life.

"A free democracy for you."

Free from real democracy, liberty, justice, fairness, ethics or morals.

Have you seen the 2,000+ bombing sorties? Not so heavily advertised through the Northern Atlantic alliance MSM sources is it?

It would appear we have a change in the 'war porn.'

Can we not see the avarice, greed, infirm cowardly power hungry insanity amongst the most power and richest groups, who are quite happy to gamble our lives, families and the future of the young in every life sustaining aspect?

Is it a straight forward question, aside from ill reasoned ifs' and buts'.

Do we seem to be OK with bombing, torturing, invading and plundering?

It seems so.

How many lives must be sacrificed to the corporate military complex, for the profit of the sociopathic run state-banco-corporations before we realise, this can hardly have anything to do with true democracy, liberty, freedom and justice for all? Let alone a bright future for planet and majority of the people.

I suppose that because most of the fallen to needless invasions, poverty and exploitation are brown, yellow, red or in between it's less important.

Decide on the above. Most of us are moral, rational, fair human beings. It's just that we have been severely mind f**ked, most severely and over many years.

The tax payer picks up the bill for subsidised weapons and munitions manufacturers, life, limb, blood and all. Multinational internationalist top corporates profit and even more so through tax havens. The rotten UCC Universal Commercial Code we are led to believe is law appears to protect every insane profitable abomination. Fines are more profitable than ceasing unethical conduct void of moral compass. We do not have economics by definition; we have insanomics.

Is this a mindless ranting comment or a well-reasoned analysis?

Intelligent criticism is appreciated.
09:16 May 26, 2011 by rise
"Is this a mindless ranting comment or a well-reasoned analysis?"

Although I might not agree with you word for word I like it when people actually tries to think and at the same time aren't trying to indoctrinate others with their own thoughts. Share your thoughts and take in other's thoughts makes progress forward. To indoctrinate is only but asking for stagnation. Me thinks. ;)
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