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Foreign Minister Receives Apology over Darfur Incident

Published onsdag 29 mars 2006 kl 12.42
Carin Jämtin

The Sudanese Embassy in Stockholm has apologised for an incident involving Sweden’s acting Foreign Minister Carin Jämtin, who while on visit to Sudan, was blocked from a scheduled visit to the troubled Darfur province.

The incident occurred earlier today when the local governor said that he had withdrawn permission for the visit because the Swedish government has not apologized for the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohommed on an extreme right wing website.

However, an official at the Sudanese Embassy in Stockholm stated earlier this evening that the local governor in Dafur had acted without the knowledge of the Sudanese government - and that Jämtin would be allowed to travel to Dafur on Friday - if her schedule permits.

Last week, former Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds was forced to resign because of allegations that her ministry had acted unconstitutionally to close the offending website.

Earlier today, Carin Jämtin commented that she thought the real reason for the diplomatic rebuff was over Sweden’s support for plans to send United Nations peacekeepers to protect human rights in Darfur.

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