Sweden and Norway: Pressure Sudan
Sweden and Norway have called for increased pressure on Sudan to allow a United Nations peacekeeping force into the country.
The Khartoum government has rejected the proposed 20,000 member UN force, which would take over from the weak African Union mission in the troubled Darfur province. Both Sweden and Norway’s foreign ministers say they are ready to take part in the Darfur force.
Speaking after a meeting with his Norwegian and Finnish counterparts here in Stockholm Monday, Swedish Foreign Minister Jan Eliasson said what is needed now is international pressure on the Sudanese government to approve the deployment of the UN force.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Störe said Friday that the Swedish and Norwegian preparations for Darfur is what has prevented the two countries from sending troops to the peacekeeping mission in Lebanon.