Rocket attack forces Bildt to divert
Published: 20 Jul 10 08:27 CET
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Sweden’s foreign minister,Bildt, who was accompanied by , was delayed during a visit to Kabul after a rocket attack on the city’s airport forced his plane to divert - just one kilometre from the runway. -Moon, spent the night at the US military’s airbase to the north of the capital. Bildt and Ban were on their way to an international ministerial conference on the future of when the attack took place.
The foreign minister wrote on his blog that they were around one kilometre from the runway when forced to divert.
“It naturally created quite an uncertain situation,” he said.
Bildt and Ban were unable to leave Bagram for several hours before heading to the Kabul conference, where participants include of .
“After the night’s drama, the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and I - and our colleagues - finally at four a clock in the morning were able to descend in darkness in two helicopters into the area in central Kabul,” Bildt wrote.
“That the and others should try to destroy this important conference was naturally expected. Our presence here in the centre of Kabul is a demonstration of our for the peace and stabilization process in this country.”
But the minister insisted that the rocket attack had not caused serious disruption in the end:
“It was not much more than a serious attack on our night’s sleep,” he wrote.
Swedish spokesman had on Tuesday was unable to say whether anyone had been hurt in the attack on the airport or which groups might be responsible.
Danish foreign minister was among others forced to delay trips to Kabul due to the attack.