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A hand holding a sign and the building of the Swedish foreign ministry.
A protest against the head of CICIG in Guatemala City last week and the foreign ministry of Sweden. Credit: Johan Ordonez / AFP and Bertil Ericson / TT

Diplomatic row with Guatemala not about "one single person"

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The Swedish ambassador has 30 days to leave Guatemala, reports Swedish Television, after the central American nation said on Thursday it wanted Sweden to replace its top diplomat.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström called the news "very unfortunate" and said the ministry would seek an explanation from the Guatemalan government.

Maria Leissner is a former Swedish ambassador to Guatemala and member of the Liberal Party. She tells Radio Sweden that Guatemala's problem isn't with the current ambassador Anders Kompass, but rather Swedish policy.

Leissner says she thinks Guatemala is trying to discourage Sweden from backing an international commission that investigates official corruption and human rights violations in the country.

"This is not about one single person," says Leissner, who stressed she was speaking as an individual and former ambassador and not as an official voice from the Swedish foreign ministry.

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