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Sweden calls back Guatemala ambassador over UN probe tensions

Anders Kompass in Stockholm in 2016. Photo: Anders Wiklund/TT

Published: 17.Feb.2019 15:12 hrs

Sweden said Sunday it had recalled its ambassador to Guatemala for consultations, citing the "political situation in the country and bilateral relations" Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said.

Relations plunged last May when Guatemala gave ambassador Anders Kompass 30 days to leave, unhappy about Sweden's contribution to the UN International Committee on Imprisonment in Guatemala (CICIG) to investigate corruption and organised crime in the Central American country.

Kompass is a former UN official who turned whistleblower five years ago over the sexual abuse of minors by French UN troops in the Central African Republic and resigned from the organisation in 2016 saying wrongdoers had not been held to account.

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