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Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Sweden to relocate Uzbek base

From The Local (Sweden):

Sweden is searching for an alternative to stationing soldiers in Uzbekistan, a country charged with violating its citizens' rights, following scathing criticism from Amnesty International, media reported on Monday.

The human rights watchdog bashed Sweden over the weekend for its plans to station a 30-soldier air transport team in Termez to support troops in neighbouring Afghanistan starting in August.

"Sweden should look into the possibility of finding another (military) base in another country," Amnesty Sweden's secretary general Carl Soderbergh told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Reacting to the criticism on Monday, Swedish Defence Minister Leni Björklund wrote in an email to the paper that "the military will be charged with finding alternative solutions to the activities in Termez".

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