Cablegate: Sweden to Extend Military Commitment to Afghanistan
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SUBJECT: SWEDEN TO EXTEND MILITARY COMMITMENT TO AFGHANISTAN
1. On November 13, the Alliance government approved for
transmission to Parliament a bill to extend Sweden's ISAF
commitment to Afghanistan by 12 months. The bill will also
expand the Swedish military contribution by:
-- Increasing the number of ISAF troops from 366 to
approximately 500 and raising the ceiling of troops available
for deployment "in a contingency" from 600 to 855.
-- Sending one C-130 transport plane plus crew, one medevac
helicopter and crews (date of delivery to be determined).
-- Deploying additional maneuver elements of approximately
30-40 troops, divided into five Operational Mentoring Liaison
2. The bill will be made public either November 14 or 17,
depending on when it is finally received in Parliament. A
joint Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee will consider the
bill for 15 days before moving it to Parliament for a vote.
Foreign Minister Carl Bildt's office tells us the vote will
be held December 15-20. No government bill has ever failed
to be approved by Parliament, according to Parliamentary
Foreign Affairs Committee staffers.
3. Sweden also increased its development assistance to
Afghanistan (see Septel to follow).