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NATO asks Sweden for more help in Libya

TT/The Local/gm · 2 Jun 2011, 14:33

Published: 02 Jun 2011 14:33 GMT+02:00

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NATO wants to extend its current operation in Libya by a further 90 days, and has asked for urgent support from the Swedish government, reports news agency TT.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt confirmed the request from NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen for continued help with air reconnaissance with the possibility of more Swedish troops joining the naval fleet.

In addition the extra Swedes could also be employed in information operations.

It would be a controversial move though, in what is a tight time frame. The Swedish government has to come to a decision by June 22, although initial indications look positive.

The Social Democrat foreign policy spokesman Urban Ahlin says that the party will be willing to compromise if certain conditions are met.

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"It will be much easier to us to reach an agreement now that it is clear that NATO will not just ask for eight Gripen fighter planes, but also for things we have pointed out, such as arms embargoes, naval operations and the boarding of larger vessels.”

The party has also made it clear that it wants to see a commitment of humanitarian aid for Libya once the Qaddafi regime has been removed from power.

TT/The Local/gm (news@thelocal.se)

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10:59 June 2, 2011 by johnny1939
OH please!!!!!!! No, No, No! Why O why do we even consider getting more involved in this continued BS. It is getting just as bad as Afghanistan.
11:38 June 2, 2011 by kiskin78
What else do I need to loose faith in the NATO and the west as a whole?. Is the Qaddafi regime the most repressive in the world?. I do not think so. This fight is not for the people of libya. and that is why I feel sorry for the so called rebels.

An outsider coming in to join you fight your brother in the house is no friend to the family...
11:40 June 2, 2011 by J. L. Belmar

Because all this BS is to prove how neutral Sweden has been and how important the country is to NATO, which cannot count anymore with Zarkozy, Merkel, Berlusconi, Obama and the likes. Only supermonkey Reinfeldt can continue the so called protection óf civils in Libya. Only Sweden will continue bombing Gaddafi's palace to see if it can kill another member of his family; only Sweden, the allmighty Sweden can conquer the Arab world with his Jas-Gripen planes that have become so obsolete that almost no body wants them.
12:06 June 2, 2011 by rise
Looks like no Swedish politician as of today wants to repeat the same decisions as those of the 1940's(?) But I think Sweden began to show just that already 1961-64 in the Congo conflict when a dozen of J-29 Tunnan from the Swedish Air Force participated (among other things).
12:51 June 2, 2011 by somalianSTAR
i wonder why NATO is doing all this, is it because they want to fully destroy and eliminate the lion who is correcting the mistakes of his own people? i don't think they on the right way. it is nice that i hear them beg for more troops, keep on, let again the sweds be swallowed by Qaddafi
13:39 June 2, 2011 by Marc the Texan
I'm all for this NATO operation. Is Khaddafi the worst? Probably not. Are we hypocrites because the NATO is taking action in Libya rather than other countries? No. You have to take your opportunities where you find them. The West doesn't have unlimited resources, so Libya is ripe today and other countries will have to wait. Should we be there? Yes. Democracy is not the natural state of humanity. Tyranny is, historically. The sooner we get rid of these dictatorships the better. It's better for them and us. Not perfect, but better.
13:43 June 2, 2011 by swedejane
I'm shocked to find I agree with @marcthetexan on this...
13:52 June 2, 2011 by Syftfel
I think Sweden SHOULD contribute more to the war effort in Libyia. As long as this "help" does not involve flinging open the asylum gates.
13:53 June 2, 2011 by Stickeroo
Good, send more troops....if the government here had half a brain they'd be leading the force there and later securing oil resources after it's all over. Syria and Yemen have nothing, so who cares about them. It's all about the oil, and since it's getting more and more expensive here to fill up my car, take that bastard out and get Swedish companies to run the oil fields there...take that Norway!
14:44 June 2, 2011 by justiceforall
Swedish people do not want their taxed money to waste by the KING's will, but they do not care killing humans by sending/selling weapons, fighterplanes, guns.
15:00 June 2, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Because the reports of exactly what Håkan Juholt and Urban Ahlin are supposed to have said, have been at best incomplete, we have had a false or distorted picture of exactly what they have been saying. Thankfully, the misleading impression has now been corrected by the additional information provided here, to wit:

"It will be much easier to us to reach an agreement now that it is clear that NATO will not just ask for eight Gripen fighter planes, but also for things we have pointed out, such as arms embargoes, naval operations and the boarding of larger vessels.”

“The party has also made it clear that it wants to see a commitment of humanitarian aid for Libya once the Qaddafi regime has been removed from power.” And even before he is removed from power.

So the Social Democrats do not want to subtract from the sum total of what Sweden has already committed to NATO operations in Libya. On the contrary they want to ADD more contributions to making the operations more effective. And also to add what we all ( human beings) want to see : a greater “commitment of humanitarian aid for Libya once the Qaddafi regime has been removed from power.”

What more could anyone want? Would consternation's Mona like to add any belittling tittle-tattle to all of the above ?

I should just like to add in this fairly anti-Social Democrat chit-chat website, that I'm beginning to warm to Håkan Jewholt for saying that he believes in the truth-worthiness of His Majesty the King of Sweden. “ It's word against word and I believe in the head of state”, he said. It takes a true gentleman to say that. Those who are of a contrary, dishonourable opinion are in my humble opinion, nothing but scoundrels and ingrates of the lowest caste, kith and kin and potential liars themselves; for argument's sake, not the sort of people who may be still waging an international “class war” but those who do not believe in God, King and good old country traditions and should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves.

17:01 June 2, 2011 by muscle
17:14 June 2, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
God , king and country....
17:44 June 2, 2011 by Lars J
NATO asks Sweden for continued support for the aggression on Libya. But the politicians of Sweden doesn't represent us anymore. Therefore I - on the behalf of the people of Sweden - kindly ask NATO to bugger off!
19:36 June 2, 2011 by Grokh
Why is Nato asking anything to sweden if sweden is not in nato?

Tell nato to go ask their powerfull allies like albania and latvia -_-x.
22:05 June 2, 2011 by Gexex
This region is full of contradictions what do you think is right in reality it is wrong.
22:06 June 2, 2011 by Icarusty
Why is there an Amiga Boing Ball in the background???
22:48 June 2, 2011 by Njal
NATO are not the 'good guys'', Sweden should stay out of this mess.
23:04 June 2, 2011 by Rebel
NATO used to be the good guys -- then when communism fell they decided that imperialism was the best option. Libya is merely a war for oil.
00:21 June 3, 2011 by anthon.anthony
They have nothing to do with Qadhafi, they have nothing to do with rebels, they only have to do with Oil. Shame on us. What kind of human we are? We are killing innocent people just for f***ing oil? And we call ourselves civilized people.

To be honest. We all European countries are slaves of America .
09:05 June 3, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
Thanks to NATO's last minute intervention, Benghazi was saved.

On the Humane Swedish humanitarian side, the good news as reported in today's Dagens Nyheter ( Google translation)

"More Swedish aid to Libya

SIDA gives another 55 million in humanitarian aid to Libya. SEK 25 million goes to the UN appeal date and another 30 million goes to the International Red Cross in Libya.

Thus, the total Swedish humanitarian aid to Libya this year, 129 million.

The new 55 million goes through various organizations for the protection of, and other assistance to, Libyans and other nationalities in Libya and its border areas."
12:43 June 3, 2011 by rise
@ Grokh

Yes why aren't more of the actual NATO countries involved? Do they only want to have the feeling of protection of other NATO countries but aren't willing to contribute with anything themselves? Cowardice, I say!
02:57 June 4, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
It's a question that everyone's asking.

And what are they giving?

09:16 June 4, 2011 by Kublai
NATO supported the muslims in Bosnia and kosovo against the serbs who lost what was rightfully their territory and now we are supporting and financing the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya (and in the rest of the arab world). What on earth are our politicians doing?
16:04 June 4, 2011 by conboy
I think Sweden should send in their agressive, lesbian, feminist, clitterati!
22:14 June 4, 2011 by wenddiver
I'm thinking a couple Squadron's of Yankee Air Pirates, would have finished this by now. At least the Qadaffi side would have been walking instead of riding after the first day.
10:56 June 6, 2011 by rise
@ wenddiver

"I'm thinking a couple Squadron's of Yankee Air Pirates, would have finished this by now."

Actually I'm thinking Norway would have finished it! They have contributed impressively much especially considering the size of the country. But the Yankees wants to take the credits as they usually do - what else is new? ;)
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