Swedish Help, Not Troops, to Lebanon
Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson says Sweden is ready to help Lebanon clear mines, rebuild roads, and restore electricity.
But he is doubtful about sending troops for the UN force planned for southern Lebanon. Eliasson points out that Sweden already has soldiers in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Africa, and has limited resources.
Eliasson, who is also president of the United Nations General Assembly, welcomes Italy’s offer to lead the new UN force and provide up to 3000 troops.