No Asylum for U.S. Deserters, Swedes Say

<i> Reuters</i>

American deserters from a Persian Gulf war will not be given asylum in neutral Sweden, unlike deserters from the Vietnam War a generation ago, Sweden’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

Sweden rejected a request by the German Greens party to accept U.S. soldiers now in Germany who wish to desert. And it would not accept deserters from a U.N.-sanctioned war in the gulf, spokeswoman Birgitta Ahlen said.

German peace groups said Thursday at least 24 American soldiers are ready to flee if they are ordered to the gulf.