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Aland Islands protests against military routes.

NORDIC BUSINESS REPORT-17 September 2003-Aland Islands protests against military routes(C)1994-2003 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Despite protests from the Aland Islands, Swedish and Norwegian troops are set to cross over the territory of the Finnish autonomous area at the end of the Nordic Peace 2003 military exercise.

The participants from the two Nordic countries passed over the Aland Islands on arrival to Finland and this caused protests from the demilitarised islands.

The return route has been confirmed by the Finnish defence ministry to the Finnish news service STT-FNB. The Aland Islands authorities said that they have asked for explanations from the foreign ministry and the defence ministry in the matter.

The Aland Islands said that the protest was motivated by the fact that Finland, Sweden and Norway have broken the Aland Islands convention from 1921. A practice of breaking it will gradually become a rule, according to the Aland Islands MP Roger Jansson.

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Date:Sep 17, 2003
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