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Swedish String in Philippines’ Peace Cords

Sweden has actively supported the efforts to reach sustainable peace in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao, southern Philippines, ever since a peace agreement between the Government of Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in 1996. “The Government of Sweden has contributed since 1996 to peace and development activities on three-decade conflict between…

Volvo Thailand Sets Goal for 2007

Volvo Car (Thailand) Ltd. aims to expand sales in automobile market in Thailand for 1,000 units in the year 2007, according to Robert Norman who takes a helm as a president of the Swedish car company.“We set a goal of 1000-unit sales because we have new models ready for the market,” Norman tells Manager Newspaper,…

Ahtisaari’s First Comment after Election in Aceh

Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president, who brokered the peace deal between the Indonesian government and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) in 1995, on February 16 expressed his first public comment on Aceh since the successful transfer of power from the former Indonesian governor.“It was a fair democratic election, and we all came through…

Finland Strengthens Aids to Laos

During the visit of the Finnish delegation, led by the Deputy Minister of Cooperation and Development Marjatta Rasi, to Laos on February 7-9, the government of the two countries had agreed to expand further bilateral cooperation, particularly in forest sector and development in the Mekong River Basin. Forestry Development FundThe Finnish government has provided a…

Sweden to Boost Philippines’ Peace Talks with Muslim Rebels

Sweden will provide humanitarian and post-conflict assistance in peace talks aiming at settling a bloody ceasefire between the Philippine Government (GRP) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Muslim separatist rebel group in southern Mindanao region.“We really welcome foreign support that would help us forge a final peace agreement” said Jesus Dureza, Presidential Peace Talks…

Finn to Fight with KNLA

Finn aims to be shoulder to shoulder with the Karen National Liberation Army in Burma.“The Burma issue and the KNLA are well known in Finland. I want to join the KNLA to protect the civilians,” said a 28-year-old Finn identified only as Mika who plans to fight side by side with the Karen National Liberation…

Indonesia, Norway Plan for Next Media Dialogue

The meeting was organized for Indonesian and Norwegian journalists and media professionals to prepare for the second Global Inter-Media Dialogue which will take place in Oslo this year, according to the Indonesia’s English newspaper the Jakarta Post.The two-day meeting was opened by Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry Secretary General Imron Cotan, and Deputy Director of the Norwegian…

Sweden Extends Vietnam Cooperation Assistance

Sweden and Vietnam have agreed to lengthen a cooperation and development agreement for the period 2004 -2006 to the end of this year.Moreover, Sweden will provide Vietnam additional funds, approximately 300 million SEK (US$ 42.6 million), taking the total Swedish non-refundable aid to 1.2 billion SEK, according to the document signed on January 26.The original…