Monday, 14 January 2013
Sweden's wish to see closer defence cooperation in the Nordic region
but that seems to be heading for the failure as Finland increases it
resistance to a Nordic defence pact, which would have led to a much
closer co-operation. That defence pact is not on the agenda but a
closer co-operation is on going according to Finland.
Finnish premier, Jyrki Katainen is not very enthusiastic about it and
has rejected closer military co - operation Sweden would have loved. He
said today that he is against the idea of a Nordic defence pact.
Yesterday, Sweden was crying that the persistent economic crisis was
making it hard for the countries which make up the Nordic co-operation
countries, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Iceland and Denmark to find it easy
to invest in the military system.
Also the Finnish Defence Minister, Carl Haglund has been upbeat on the
idea of the possible pooling of Nordic military hardware. However, he
noted that jointly- owned weapons would require a treaty between
Finland and Sweden on defence arrangements.
"Discussion of a defence pact is currently not on the agenda and I
don’t know if it ever will be. Now is the time to concentrate on
defence co-operation at a practical level, "the Finnish Prime Minister
commented to Finnish network, Yle.
In Katainen’s view, co-operation in the form of joint exercises and
equipment purchasing were both welcome. He reminded that Finland had
wide-ranging co-operation also with NATO member states. “Defence
co-operation can be done with a defence pact,” the Prime Minister
remarked to Yle.
On Sunday, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Defence Minister
Karin Enström urged closer defence cooperation among the Nordic
nations. Among the practical measures suggested would be the "pooling
and sharing" of military equipment and supplies.
"It gives politicians an opportunity to hold down or even reduce
defence spending. Cooperation is used as a way to explain how one can
still require the same information, but do not contribute more
resources," said Jacob Westberg, a lecturer at the National Defence
University, in Sweden to Swedish Television News on Sunday.
According to Swedish television, in Norway, the issue of Nordic
cooperation is high on the agenda. Of course, that will also be good
for economic reasons," said Ine Eriksen - Søreide from the Norwegian
Conservative Party. She is one of the nation's leading defence
politicians and chairman of the Norwegian Parliamentary Foreign Affairs
and Defence Committee.
As long as there is doubt about Norway's loyalty to NATO, the country
would like to strengthen the Nordic bands, she believes. She believes
that the NORDEFCO idea is good as a means to develop this cooperation
further, reports Swedish television News on Sunday.
By scancomark.com Team Team
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