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Swedish Politicians demand EU action over Darfur

Published torsdag 8 februari 2007 kl 11.49
Children at a refugee camp in Sudan after fleeing violence in the country's Darfur region

Several Members of Parliament think Sweden should press the EU for stricter sanctions against Sudan.

The UN says 200,000 people have died and two million have been forced to flee their homes during the past four years, and members of Sweden’s centre-right alliance, which won power in the last election, also think it is time for the government here to act on the issue.

The Liberal Party’s Birgitta Ohlsson says someone needs to take the initiative and being as the UN has not, the European Union should.

Trade sanctions could hit Swedish interests in Sudan, such as the oil company Lundin Petroleum, which Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt owns shares in.

His stock ownership has come under the spotlight recently over concerns about those he holds in a firm which is tied to a gas company which plans to build a gas pipeline through Sweden’s economic zone in the Baltic Sea.

The Constitution Committee is going to look into Bildt’s stock ownership later in the year. 

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