Sweden Makes Demands on Afghanistan

Continuing with his 2-day visit to Afghanistan, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says the European Union has strong demands on Afghan President Hamid Karzai - to carry out promised reforms and to make sure that the coming parliamentary elections next summer do not display the catastrophic corruption seen in the recent presidential elections.

Bildt adds that the eyes of the world are on Afghanistan. He's representing the EU since Sweden is hosting the presidency until the end of the year.

At a press conference in Kabul, the Swedish foreign minister also said the wounding of 5 Swedish soldiers in a home-made bomb explosion does not affect Sweden's commitment to keep military forces in Afghanistan.

Bildt also expressed dismay over the death of a local interpreter in the explosion of the Swedish armoured vehicle in northern Afghanistan.

Reports say the Swedish injuries are not life-threatening, but two are seriously injured.