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Norway condemns escalation of violence against the people of Syria

“Norway condemns the Syrian regime’s military campaign against its own people. The increase in violence indicates that President Assad’s legitimacy has been further weakened,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. The lack of access for journalists and other independent observers is still making it difficult to get an accurate picture of the situation in Syria. However, ...

Norway condemns Syrian authorities’ killing of civilians

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Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre said, “We condemn the Syrian authorities’ repeated attacks on civilians. I am shocked at the army crackdown in several Syrian towns and cities on Sunday. The killing of civilians who are asking for reform is indefensible.” According to reports, more than 100 people have been killed in several ...

Norway signs Nagoya Protocol on biodiversity

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Norway has signed the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the most important global environmental agreement since the turn of the millennium. “I am very pleased that the international community has succeeded in reaching agreement on this protocol. It regulates important environmental issues of global concern,” said Minister of Foreign ...

Norway welcomes new START Treaty on nuclear disarmament

“I am very pleased that Russia has now ratified the new START Treaty on strategic nuclear arms reduction,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. The Russian Parliament approved the new treaty today. It has already been approved for ratification in the US. The treaty is the most important disarmament agreement to be ...

Foreign Minister Støre concerned about the situation for human rights defenders in Iran

“The rulings against Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh show that the situation for human rights defenders in Iran has become much worse,” said Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment for acting against national security, and has also been ...

Norway announces contribution to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund for 2011

Haiti received aid from the UNs Central Emergency Response Fund in the immediate aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake. Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Espen Rikter Svendsen

At a High-Level Conference in New York on Monday, Norway announced its contribution of NOK 325 million (USD 53 million) to the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for 2011. “We are pleased that Norway is in a position to be able to make a significant contribution to helping those ...

New partnerships in the Northern Dimension

The Foreign Ministers in the Northern Dimension have agreed to cooperate more closely on transport and logistics, and culture. Norway will focus in particular on maritime transport. “The Northern Dimension, with its concrete projects and results in the areas of environment and health, has proven to be very valuable. We have great expectations of ...

Norway to provide NOK 100 million to flood victims in Pakistan

Norway is increasing its support for flood victims in Pakistan to NOK 100 million. The flood disaster in Pakistan is an enormous humanitarian crisis. It has affected 14 million people, six million of whom are in need of emergency food assistance. So far, 288.000 homes have been washed away. Norwegian Minister of Foreign ...

Norway condemns terrorist actions in Uganda

Norway condemns the terrorist actions in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, where at least 74 innocent people were killed and many others injured on Sunday evening. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre commented: “We strongly condemn such terrorist actions.” Mr Støre also expressed his condolences to the families who have been affected by this ...