Political Economy


Sweden will not take part in Syrian attack: Reinfeldt - political resolution strongly sought

Friday, 30 August 2013
Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt stresses on Saturday that it is important that the UN observers  continue and complete their work in Syria and he stands against a possible U.S. military strike against Syria.

The red line was crossed but no one knows if the Syria government crossed it or not. There is general acceptability that chemical weapons were used and many innocent people were killed but who did it? The Americans seems to believe that the Syria government did it and as Obama is hesitant to engage in any war reminiscent of the Iraq war, there is a growing feeling the USA may strike targeted locations in Syria.

According to Reinfeld, the United States has already placed the responsibility for the use of chemical weapons on the Syrian regime.Swedish Prime Minister, Fredrik Reinfeldt

"I do not think we should advocate a military solution to a conflict that I think need to be resolved by political and diplomatic efforts," said the Swedish premier on Friday.

"I do not know how a designed military response will really make a difference. Military responses do not always lead to the exact consistency we have considered, it often leads to a deepening of other types of problems."

Reinfeldt do not think Sweden will participate in a possible military strike against Syria and he does not believe that Sweden will be consulted because the U.S. has the resources needed.
"I think this may be for the United States. From the Swedish point, I think it is important to point to the UN system's importance," said Reinfeldt.

The Prime Minister says that he will convey his concerns to U.S. President Barack Obama during his visit to Stockholm, even if they have different opinions about how the Syrian issue should be handled.

U.S. wants to continue to win acceptance from the international community in order to form a better coalition for the possible military intervention in Syria. But as Sweden is not willing to be part and with the close ally British, voted against yesterday, the list of participating countries is shrinking sharply at the moment. We know that Russia, China, Brazil, and much of the Middle East have long since announced that they are directly opposed to intervention.

However, Turkey, New Zealand, Greece, Australia and France are willing to back up the U.S., as well as the Danish Folketing (parliament ) is ready to provide support if military action becomes reality.

NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen on his part predicts that NATO will have no role in any military action in Syria.
"My personal belief is clear: I have no doubt that the regime has committed a chemical attack. But we will leave it up to individual nations to determine how the international response should be," says Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Denmark.
More than 100,000 people, according to UN have been killed in the Syrian civil war since it began in March 2011. 1.7 million people have been forced to flee.
by Scancomark.com Team

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