Carl Bildt.

Swedish Foreign Minister on Burma, Serbia and Georgia

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has commented on the Burmese regime’s hindering humanitarian aid, the elections in Serbia and his visit to Georgia facing escalating tensions with Russia.

In a Swedish Foreign Ministry declaration, Bildt has appealed to the military regime in Burma to facilitate the delivery of international humanitarian assistance to cyclone victims and eliminate visa restrictions.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has appealed to the military regime in Burma to facilitate the delivery of international humanitarian assistance to cyclone victims.

He adds that Sweden and the rest of the international community are ready to provide this aid to help the survivors and in the devastated regions of Burma.

Speaking to Swedish Radio news, the foreign minister has also expressed his approval of the results of the Serbian elections – adding that the pro-European Union forces have won a clear victory and that this is better than expected:

He maintains that even if there are tough negotiations ahead, he does not forsee a future Serbian government turning its back on Europe – and that the sensitive question of the independence of Kosova supported by most of the EU despite Serbia’s anger is an issue that has to be lived with.

Speaking with the BBC world service, the Swedish foreign minister also commented on his visit together with 4 other EU colleagues to Georgia – in the light of  increasing escalation of accusations over Russian-support of break-away provinces there with some talking about the danger of war.

The Swedish minister rejects speculation that the EU could be making things worse by sending a delegation to Georgia now – indicating an anti-Russian stand.

With most of the EU supporting the independence of Kosova – to the anger of many Serbs and despite the warnings from Moscow, he feels the union has not chosen sides in conflicts making mediation impossible.

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