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Help Remove Landmines From the Path of Peace in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [12.05.2016, 08:30pm, Thu. GMT]
Ferney Cifuentes, like so many Colombian children from his area, was helping his father herd cattle in Montecristo in January 2015 when a violent blast lifted the Earth and sent shrapnel flying.

The 14-year-old had stepped on a landmine. His death -- tragically -- was not unique. More than 11,000 Colombians have been wounded or killed by landmines and other unexploded ordnance in the past quarter century.

Landmines are singularly dangerous because they can lay dormant for years, only to kill and maim innocent people without warning. In Colombia last year, 285 people, including 40 children, were killed by landmines, a toll surpassed only by Afghanistan. At current mine clearance rates, decades will pass before the country is mine free.
Middle East and Norway
Turkish state rescue teams join mission to find missing Norwegian
[Norwaynews] [09.10.2015, 06:11pm, Fri. GMT]
The search to find Tor Olav Lunde, who went missing after leaving his home for a morning jog, has entered its thirteenth day in Turkey’s Alanya resort. The Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency of Turkey (AFAD) are in the region aiding search efforts, while the family clings on to hope.
Foreign Minister concerned about death sentences in Egypt
[Norway] [26.05.2015, 09:39pm, Tue. GMT]
'It is unacceptable that more than 100 people, including former President Morsi, have been condemned to death in a summary trial. Norway has made it clear that we oppose the practice of holding mass trials that fail to comply with Egypt's international obligations,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway condemns attacks on religious minorities in the Middle East
[Norwaynews] [16.08.2014, 07:21am, Sat. GMT]
‘I am deeply concerned about the ISIL offensive and the fact that the Iraqi authorities are losing control of more and more large areas of the country. This has also had serious consequences for the situation of Christians and religious minorities in Iraq. Civilians who have been forced to flee their homes are in urgent need of protection and assistance,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
Norway condemns attack on weapons inspectors in Syria
[Norwaynews] [27.08.2013, 05:35pm, Tue. GMT]
UN weapons inspectors were today shot at while attempting to verify the claims that chemical weapons have been used on the outskirts of Damascus. “It is essential that the UN weapons inspectors are given the opportunity to establish what has happened, and to identify who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons. I condemn the attack on the weapons inspectors in the strongest possible terms. All parties to the conflict are responsible for ensuring the safety of the inspectors, but particular responsibility rests with the Syrian regime, since it is most able to protect the inspectors where they are working,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.
Egypt must find a political solution to the crisis
[Norwaynews] [03.07.2013, 02:05pm, Wed. GMT]
“I am deeply concerned about the deadlocked political situation in Egypt. If the parties fail to find a political solution in the next few hours, the government could collapse, throwing the country into a serious crisis,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. Millions of people are taking part in the most massive protests Egypt has ever seen. Statements made by President Morsi, opposition leaders and the military indicate that a critical and decisive moment is imminent. Positions have hardened and many members of the Government have resigned.
The situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question
[Norway] [25.04.2013, 03:53pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway is committed to a democratic and unified post-Assad Syria. Military means alone will not lead to a lasting solution in Syria. Therefore the Security Council must find a way to promote a political transition towards a pluralistic, fully representative Syria, based on the Geneva communiqu., said UN ambassador Geir O. Pedersen in Norway's statement.
Foreign Minister Eide visits the Middle East
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2013, 03:28pm, Wed. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide has begun a three-day visit to the Middle East. The first stop is Egypt, before he goes on to Israel and Palestine. The aim of the visit is to have talks with political leaders about the political situation in the region, and discuss the status for the work to reach agreement on a two-state solution. The main aim of the talks in Egypt will in addition be to prepare President Morsi's visit to Norway later this month. In Israel, Foreign Minister Eide willmeet representatives of the new Israeli Government.
Qatar, Norway launch major trees campaign
[Norwaynews] [02.12.2012, 09:47am, Sun. GMT]
Qatar and Norway have collaborated in a drive that encourages people to plant trees and plants that are suited to the arid conditions of Qatar. To mark the launch of the Million Trees Campaign tomorrow (December 3), volunteers will hand out 3,000 different trees that can grow in hot and dry climates at the Doha Exhibition Centre during the Qatar Sustainability Expo, which is running during COP18CMP8 Doha, the UN Climate Change Conference.
Norway will support Palestinians in the UN
[Norwaynews] [28.11.2012, 08:03am, Wed. GMT]
Norway will support the Palestinians when they will ask the UN Security Council to upgrade them to the status of observer state, NRK reports. Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide says to NRK that the form of the proposal is such that it is natural for Norway to support it. Besides, we do this also on the basis of Norway's long engagement in the work for the establishment of a Palestinian state, Barth Eide says.
Support for centre to document human rights abuses in Syria
[Norwaynews] [04.09.2012, 09:01pm, Tue. GMT]
The Nordic foreign and defence ministers agreed at their meting in Bodø, North Norway, on 2–3 September to support the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre. The centre will play a key role in documenting the extensive human rights abuses that are being committed in the country. Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre commented, “The situation in Syria is steadily worsening. Every day, there are new reports of human rights abuses. Documenting these abuses is important in itself, not least with a view to holding the perpetrators accountable. The centre’s work will also be important for paving the way towards a peaceful transition and reconciliation process in Syria in the future.”
Norway opens first visa application centre in Amman
[Norwaynews] [04.06.2015, 10:57am, Thu. GMT]
The government of Norway, in collaboration with leading outsourcing and technology services specialist VFS Global, has opened the first visa application centre (VAC) in Amman, Jordan. The Norway Visa Application Centre in Amman was officially inaugurated today by Ms Sissel Breie, ambassador of Norway to Jordan.
Norway Urges Continued Support to Palestinians at Cairo Conference
[Norwaynews] [12.10.2014, 05:08pm, Sun. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende Sunday said the international community must continue its efforts to support the Palestinian people in easing the difficulties they are enduring. He said, “This conference must work on providing the sufficient funds needed for the reconstruction of Gaza and the restoration of electricity and gas facilities.” Brende stressed the importance of continuing the peace talks, affirming that the war positioned the Palestinians and Israelis at a crossroads.
Bahrain rights group wins Norwegian award
[Norwaynews] [28.09.2013, 05:33am, Sat. GMT]
The Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, whose founder and director are both jailed, won Norway’s Rafto Prize for rights defenders yesterday for its fight against repression in the Gulf state. The award would “turn the spotlight on systematic violations of human rights in a region where abuse is too often met with silence from Western governments,” the Rafto Foundation said in a statement. The founder and director of the Bahrain centre are both currently serving prison sentences, illustrating the severe repression in the small nation which is a close US ally. The founder of the centre, Abdul Hadi Al Khawaja, is serving a life sentence in jail after he and several other leading opposition figures were convicted of plotting to overthrow the monarchy.
Payments to PA Terrorists Problematic to Norway
[Norwaynews] [27.08.2013, 05:32pm, Tue. GMT]
Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide agreed with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin, Monday evening, that there is a problem that a relatively high percentage of the Palestinian Authority budget goes to fund the salaries of PA terrorists who are held in Israeli jails. Meeting in Jerusalem, ahead of next month's meeting of nations who donate to the PA, headed by Norway, Elkin noted the problematic educational message to the authority's young generation, which understands that it pays to become a terrorist, who makes four times as much as a PA security man.
Dubai takes part in Oslo hospital congress
[Norwaynews] [19.06.2013, 07:31pm, Wed. GMT]
A high ranking delegation from the Dubai Health Authority is participating in the World Hospital Congress 2013 in Oslo, Norway. The congress which is taking part from June 18 to 20, is a global forum in which leaders, policy makers and clinicians from all over the world have gathered to share their experiences and best practices in healthcare delivery. At the congress, the Dubai Health Authority officials presented on Tuesday healthcare investment opportunities in the emirate and provided an overview of its regulatory framework which is applicable for approximately 22,000 physicians and 2,300 healthcare facilities expect free zones in the Emirate.
Saudi, Norway discuss prospects of enhancing bilateral ties
[Norwaynews] [14.04.2013, 02:16pm, Sun. GMT]
Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi discussed on Sunday with the Norwegian Minister of Energy Ola Borten Moe, and his accompanying delegation ways to bolster bilateral ties in various domains. During the meeting, Al-Naimi said that Saudi and Norway share some major characteristics; both of them enjoy great natural resources, administer and organize these resources in the best way, and work to use them to develop their national economies as well as to maintain stability of the global oil market.
Norway condemns execution in Saudi Arabia
[Norwaynews] [11.01.2013, 08:47pm, Fri. GMT]
Norway condemns the execution of a servant girl in Saudi Arabia this week. Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide says he is shocked by the execution. I am shocked by the execution in Saudi Arabia of Sri Lankan Rizana Nafeek. Norway condemns her execution, which is also a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as she was a minor at the time of the crime for which she was charged Barth Eide says. According to her birth certificate, Rizana Nafeek was a minor in 2005 when the child for whom she was responsible died. She was later condemned to death for killing the child. Her execution is a violation of Saudi Arabia's obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to refrain from imposing the death penalty on anyone under the age of 18. Rizana Nafeek was executed in Saudi Arabia on 9 January.
Palestine PM thanks Norway
[Norwaynews] [30.11.2012, 09:26am, Fri. GMT]
Norway was among the 138 countries who voted for the resolution to accept the Palestinians as an observer state in the UN General Assembly, 41 abstained and 9 voted against. “I am delighted to see the overwhelming support the Palestinians have received for their application to become an observer state in the UN General Assembly,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide.
Norway condemns use of cluster munitions in Syria
[Norwaynews] [16.10.2012, 05:43pm, Tue. GMT]
According to reports by Human Rights Watch, cluster munitions are being used in the conflict in Syria. “The use of cluster munitions is completely unacceptable and is incompatible with the norm established by the international community under the Convention on Cluster Munitions,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Espen Barth Eide. According to Human Rights Watch, the Syrian forces have used cluster munitions in areas in northern Syria, among other areas. Human Rights Watch has also published videos showing findings of unexploded submunitions.
Qatar PM meets Norwegian king
[Norwaynews] [28.02.2012, 09:00pm, Tue. GMT]
King Harald V of Norway met the Qatar Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al-Thani at the Royal Palace here yesterday. During the meeting, the Qatar Prime Minister conveyed greetings of HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, wishing the Norwegian people more progress and prosperity.
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