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News, 4/19/2008

Nordic countries ready to support a new president in Zimbabwe

Foreign ministers Jonas Gahr Støre of Norway, Alexander Stubb of Finland and Carl Bildt of Sweden, among others, attended the meeting in Stockholm.At their meeting in Stockholm, the Nordic foreign ministers discussed the current crisis in Zimbabwe and stated on Friday that the Nordic countries can react only after it is known whether new elections will be held or a president will be named on the basis of the elections already held. The Nordic countries have been among Zimbabwe’s largest donor countries.

If Zimbabwe elects a new president, the Nordic countries are ready to support the country again so that it can get back on its feet following the political and economic crisis.

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb said that lately Nordic cooperation has clearly rejuvenated and become more dynamic, particularly in EU and NATO affairs.

The ministers expressed their support of Iceland’s candidacy for a seat on the UN Security Council.

Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb took part in the meeting of Nordic foreign ministers that was held in Stockholm on 17–18 April. The meeting began with the foreign ministers’ working dinner on Thursday, where cooperation on security policy in neighbouring regions was discussed.

The talks on Friday dealt with Nordic participation in international operations, present developments in the Arctic region and EU enlargement. M.K. Narayanan, National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of India, also met with the Nordic foreign ministers, when the topics discussed were India as a global actor and India’s cooperation with Europe.

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Updated 4/19/2008

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