Idag skriver Helsingin Sanomat att Finland har givit ett negativt besked till FN om möjligheten att bidra till en insats i Darfur, med hänvisning till att Finland kan komma att ingå i en NBG-insats i Tchad.
”Finland is giving a negative response to an enquiry from the United Nations on the possible participation of Finnish forces in an extensive UN peacekeeping operation in the Darfur region of Sudan. Civil servant sources also told Helsingin Sanomat on Monday that Finland is considering the possibility of taking part in crisis management in neighbouring Chad as part of a European Union battle group under Swedish command.”
There are contradictory reports on the willingness of the Nordic Countries to join the operation. According to sources in Stockholm, the countries are hesitant, and have more or less buried the idea. An alternative would be a separate Swedish-Norwegian unit of engineers, says one informed source. According to Finnish sources, decisions on a Chad operation can be expected when the European summer holiday ends in September. Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt did not want to comment on the situation on Monday. In July, Bildt welcomed the EU decision on sending forces to Chad, but would not say if Sweden would participate.
Sweden is under great pressure to find a deployment linked with Darfur during the six months that it is in charge of the NBG, says Lieutenant-Colonel Mika Kerttunen of the Finnish National Defence College. However, the decision is not exclusively Sweden’s. The missions of the battle groups are to be decided by the EU member states together.”