A Full Tour in Chad
The Swedish government appears to have given in to its critics, and will allow the Swedish peacekeeping force in Chad to remain there for a full tour of seven months.
The Swedish force has been delayed in starting the mission. Blaming difficulties with the upcoming rainy season, Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors has said that the unit would return according to the original schedule, which would have placed the full force there for only four to six weeks. Critics had charged that this was far too short a period compared to the cost of sending the mission.
But the Defence Minister told parliament Wednesday that the force will remain in Chad until the end of August. He says the extension will cost a further 7 million dollars.
The first part of the joint Swedish-Finnish force arrived in Chad Tuesday. The rest of the unit, totalling 203 Swedes and 60 Finns, will be arriving at the end of the week, more than three months later than originally scheduled.