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Gripen fighter jets

Juholt under fire for Libya views

Publicerat fredag 6 maj 2011 kl 17.00

The United Nations Association of Sweden has slammed the new party leader of the opposition Social Democrats for not wanting to prolong the country's engagement in Libya.

The Association's chairperson, Aleksander Gabelic, said in a Friday speech that Parliament was in wide agreement over sending help to enforce the UN no-fly zone over Libya, and that the Social Democrats have historically always stood up for the UN.

"That the Social Democrats and Håkan Juholt are now saying one-sidedly that Sweden should pull out after three months is to betray important UN principles," he said.

Even veteran Social Democrat and former foreign minister Jan Eliasson, criticized Juholt.

But Juholt's press secretary Dan Svanell, told news agency TT that the party does not want to let down the Libyan people. It's only stretching out the mission of the fighter jets that Juholt objects to.

Sweden has contributed eight Gripen fighter jets to guard the no-fly zone over Libya.

"We will fulfill, according to good old Social Democratic tradition, our responsibilities with respect to the UN," says Svanell.

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