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Split appearing over Swedish Jets in Libya

Social Democrats want to bring home Gripens

Updated fredag 29 april 2011 kl 19.20
Published fredag 29 april 2011 kl 10.29
One of the eight JAS Gripen planes that have been sent to Libya. Photo: Sergeant Johan Lundahl / Combat Camera / Försvarsmakten / Scanpix.

The leader of Sweden's Social Democrats wants Swedish planes back from Libya by July but the government says that the job is not finished.

Håkan Juholt, head of the Social Democrats said on Friday that that parliament had voted to help impose a UN no-fly-zone until the middle of this year, and saw no reason to extend it. The other allied opposition parties, the Greens and the Left Party, also seem to agree with this position.

However the four parties of government countered by saying that the job is not finished in Libya. Foreign minister Carl Bildt told TT that it was too early to make a decision for or against and to do so now would "send the wrong signals" and would be like sending "roses" to Colonel Gadaffi.

Liberal Party Leader Jan Björklund criticised Juholt's comments.

"If one gave in to this and thought that Libya would be a peaceful democracy inside two weeks then one would be naive."

The Sweden democrats have always been against Sweden's parliamentary decision at the beginning of April to send 8 Gripen fighter jets to help maintain the no-fly-zone in Libya.

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