Protecting Peace? Sweden To Sell Gripen Fighter Jets To Colombia (E)
Sweden has signed a defence cooperation deal with Colombia, hoping to export Gripen fighter jets to the South American nation.
Sweden’s minister for enterprise and innovation, Mikael Damberg, signed the deal on Tuesday during his visit to Colombia, which recently passed a peace agreement after several years of tough negotiations with the Farc guerilla group. Sweden has been a key supporter of Colombia’s peace process.
“The military is one of the most important components in this transition to peace,” Damberg told Swedish Radio. “They have great responsibility for handling the peace agreement, but are also facing major investments in the near future.” he added.
Colombian senator and human-rights activist Iván Cepeda said contributing to increasing Colombia’s weapons arsenal is the worst thing Sweden could do.
“The military needs to be re-educated to operate in a Colombia at peace, and the international community should help with that instead of trying to sell us weapons,” said Senator Cepeda, of the Social Democrat PDA party. He also pointed out that the Colombian military has been accused of serious war crimes.” Defence World.Net