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Urban Ahlin

"Bildt does not dare to speak out"

Published söndag 30 januari 2011 kl 11.07
Urban Ahlin. Photo: Anders Wiklund/Scanpix

The opposition Social Democrat foreign policy spokesperson Urban Ahlin urges Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and the EU to be clearer in their support for the demonstrators on the streets of Cairo. "Carl Bildt expressed himself very forcefully when it came to Tunisia's president Ben Ali once he had resigned. Now he is very cautious when it comes to Egypt. Carl Bildt does not dare to speak out and say Mubarak should resign and that we need a democratic regime. I think it is a pity, because that is of course what it is all about," Ahlin told Swedish Radio News.

Ahlin says the EU has tacitly been supporting dictators and that this needs to change. "We have co-operated with regimes in order to keep refugees from pouring in, and in order to keep islamist extremists at bay. And we have closed our eyes to the fact that almost all North African leaders are dictators," says Ahlin.

On Saturday, EU President Herman van Rompuy urged the Egyptian leadership to respect freedom of expression, the right to communicate, the right of free assembly and the release of all those arrested or under house arrest for political reasons.

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