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syrian conflict

Bildt angers critics by preventing Syria sanctions

Published onsdag 25 juli 2012 kl 09.42
Carl Bildt in Brussels. Photo: Georges Gobet/Scanpix

The foreign minister faces tough questions from within Sweden's ruling government coalition over his actions on Syria after a top Centre Party member joined his critics.

Kerstin Lundgren, who sits on the parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, echoed the opposition Greens' concern that Carl Bildt had hit the brakes when the EU wanted to impose sanctions on Syria. which is now embroiled in a civil war according to the International Red Cross.

Swedish Radio reports that Bildt's actions specifically concern the telecom sector.

"From the view of the Centre Party," says Kerstin Lundgren, "we aren't interested in standing in the way of such sanctions."

"There is naturally a risk that the internet is used for surveillance," she tells Swedish Radio.

One of Bildt's most vocal critics is the leader of the Green Party, Åsa Romson.

"We know that the telecom technology has been used by the regime against the oppostion," she says.

"It's regrettable that Sweden has played an active role in the EU to set a stop to this typ of sanctions," she tells Swedish Radio.

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