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Sweden prepared send troops to Syria: Minister

Published torsdag 4 juli 2013 kl 13.13
Swedish soldiers returning from Afghanistan. Photo: Pontus Lundahl/Scanpix

As Swedish troops prepare to leave Afghanistan next year, it opens up the possibility for other international commitments. Last month, parliament decided to send 70 military staff to Mali in West Africa, to help with air transports in the country.

Defence Minister Karin Enström is now opens for Swedish support to a possible future UN military mission in Syria.

"It is a very severe conflict where we see enormous human suffering. We need to stop the violence. And Sweden is obviously prepared to take its part of the responsibility when there is an effort to do something. It is the UN Security Council that needs to take its responsibility," she told SR International today.

A few weeks ago, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt confirmed there were talks ongoing about Sweden possibly sending troops to Syria.

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