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Reinfeldt 'open' to Swedish troops in Libya

Rebecca Martin · 22 Aug 2011, 11:59

Published: 22 Aug 2011 11:59 GMT+02:00

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“What’s important now is to get in place a civilian rule willing to take the country in a democratic direction,” Reinfeldt told Sveriges Radio (SR) in response to a question about whether he was ready to Swedish troops to Libya to guarantee security in a post-Qaddafi era.

The prime minister stressed the need for Libya to draft a constitution, get the economy going and the importance of providing humanitarian aid to the suffering country, in order to bring about sustainable and long-term development.

“This is a hope of a change for the better, of better times to come, which we are witnessing, just like in many other Arabic countries,” Reinfeldt said.

Unlike nations like the UK, the US and France, Sweden has not recognised the Libyan rebel council, the NTC, as the country’s legitimate representative.

“We can’t recognise a government that hasn’t got control over its territory. The NTC is an important actor in negotiations but most contacts are currently being done through EU representatives,” Anders Jörle of the foreign ministry information department told news site Nyheter24, referring to the Libyan Interim National Transitional Council.

Jörle also said that Sweden would recognise whatever regime taking control over the war torn country.

“It is no expression of us leaning one way or the other but a general principle,” Jörle said.

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt tweeted on Sunday that he welcomed the news from Tripoli that the Qaddafi clique is disintegrating.

On his blog he wrote that it must be obvious to the different parts of the regime that they had reached a point of no return.

Bildt also said he hoped the collapse would be quick and that it wouldn’t involve large-scale battles on the streets of Tripoli.

Bildt stressed the need for the global community to come together and help bring the country round.

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“Now Libya needs an orderly transition and the building of a proper democratic state. Huge task. UN and others must help,” Bildt tweeted on Monday.

And there seems to be agreement across the aisles that Sweden should take an active role in the rebuilding of the war torn Libyan nation.

"When Qaddafi's rule has fallen the international community and Sweden must be ready to boost their support to in every way possible contribute to a peaceful transition to democracy," Urban Ahlin, Social Democratic spokesperson on foreign policy, said in a statement on Monday.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

12:32 August 22, 2011 by AHA
Some nations just have to have a dictator to run things. Something to do with genes maybe. Chances are that Lybia will be the new Iraq. I hope to God that Sweden will not get involved
13:08 August 22, 2011 by Nemesis
Spot the oil-gas deal and the increase in Libyans moving to Sweden.
13:30 August 22, 2011 by conboy
The Meat ball invasion is on!!!!
14:45 August 22, 2011 by Tysknaden
Wonderful idea. Send young people into death for esoteric goals. Libya will become an islamofascist country, anyways.
15:49 August 22, 2011 by Roland Pettersson
Fredrik Reinfeldt is a really stupid persson. Leave Libya to the libyans.
16:37 August 22, 2011 by conboy
I think Reinfeldt has a better hairstyle than Quadaffi
18:02 August 22, 2011 by Zonob
Libya does not need any foreign troops on their soil, whether it's Swedish troops or otherwise. The LTC did not ask for it either. LEAVE THEM ALONE.
19:28 August 22, 2011 by eddie123
i just pray that libyans do not have cause in a decade from now to reminiscence about how good life was under Ghaddafi. you never know the value of what you've got until it is lost. poor Sweden, send troops to libya indeed. it was all about the oil and nothing else. we can all see how oil prices are falling already. that's what you guys wanted. if you cared about people, you'd be in darfur, you'd be in somalia, you'd be in eritrea, you'd be in burma etc. you guys don't give a damn about the people, you care about getting cheap oil. that's all. the same rebels you've supported in 2011 will be your nightmare come 2021. the americans funded the muhajuddin in afghanistan to fight the soviet and a decade later, them muhajuddin had become alqaeda and were fighting the west. the same thing will happen here.
19:46 August 22, 2011 by Lauren200
@Eddie that is so beautiful and well written, the list of endless people suffering from tyrants is endless, I wonder if there would be any country that would lay back and see rebels takeover the government. The Syrian government started killing its own people way back even before Gadaffi started protecting his govt, but till now its still killing and no war planes have been lifted to go save the civilians among other countries to include Yemen plus. Gadaffi has helped lots of African countries, all these claims by NATO are baseless. For Sweden keep out of Libya.. People of the world open your eyes.!
22:43 August 22, 2011 by Smallnose
Is this again a call for a trade mission by Reinfeldt? I heard Libya mainly has some outdated Sukhoi's , Mig's and old french fighter jets.
00:08 August 23, 2011 by Svensksmith
@conboy but don't you think Quadaffi is a sharper dresser? Love the Sgt. Pepper costume!
03:19 August 23, 2011 by Luke R D
Wow, Sweden's "Neutrality" is going to have to be really quick to keep with the modern world - faster than a speeding bullet, actually.
04:16 August 23, 2011 by nut
OIL oil oil oil
04:56 August 23, 2011 by Luke R D
...and WATER water water water. The largest aquifer in AFrica has been discovered under Libya - control water in Africa, control Africa.
10:14 August 23, 2011 by bolababu
Sweden obviously wants its share of the oil, i too hope to God that Sweden will back-track away from this and not get involved, at least while i still live here..
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