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   The President of Bofors... (September 21, 1987)

The President of Bofors, Mr. Per Ove Morberg, on his return to Stock holm, addressed a meeting of the company board of directors.

"Gentlemen, I am happy to inform you that our visit to India has been highly successful. All our meetings with the Indian government's representatives were friendly, cordial and informal, and an understanding between the two sides was reached almost immediately on our landing in New Delhi. The Indian government, on its part, assured us that it will not ask us too much and we, on our part, assured the government we will not reveal too much."

"But surely you must have revealed something to the government," a director, in charge of arms to Iran, said.

"Only the bare minimum," the President assured, "just the names of three vague companies that are not based in India or have any connection with India. We picked up the international telephone directory."

"Would Bofors not get into trouble if the Indian government starts inquiries with these companies?" another director, in charge of arms to Iraq inquired.

"There is very little chance of the Indian government starting any inquiry with these companies, and, in any case, our information was all oral, there was nothing in writing," the President said.

"What about the joint parliamentary committee, the members representing the opposition parties on the committee mast have grilled you?" a director, in charge of arms to Ireland, asked.

"I am sorry, I should have informed the board of directors about the composition of the joint parliamentary committee first," the President said. "It was the oddest joint committee I , or my colleague here, Jurist Gothlin, have come across. All the members on the joint parliamentary committee belonged exclusively to the ruling party, which, incidentally, is the party which has signed the contract with us."

"That is indeed odd," said a director, in charge of arms to Nicaragua. "Did not the members of parliament of the opposition parties objects to their not being in cluded."

"I am coming to that," the President said. "The situation is a lot odder than that. The opposition, i understand, did not want to be on the joint parliamentary committee and cross-examine us."

"What about the Indian press? How did you get on with the Indian press?", a director in charge of arms to Libya, asked.

"The media is the same everywhere, we have not experience of our own Swedish Radio," the President said. "In any case, we managed to handle it."

A director, in charge of arms to the UAE, said: "Mr. President we think your trip to India has been very successful and the board would like to express its appreciation to you and your colleague for this."

"The board should also express its appreciation to the Indian government, without whose co-operation nothing would have been possible," the President said.

 
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