Darfur: Swedish "Spies" Not Welcome

Sudan has levelled accusations of espionage against Swedish UN troops. 

Sweden’s Social Democrats fear that the accusations of spying for the U.S. and Israel have made planned efforts in Darfur more dangerous.  Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has dismissed these concerns.

Sweden and Norway have offered an engineering unit of 350 people to Unamid to be dispatched to Darfur in 2008.  According to president Omar al-Bashir, Sudan will only accept engineers from Pakistan and China and has refused Swedish and Norwegian efforts on the grounds that they are believed to be spies.