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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.
 
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Norway opens market for Sri Lankan fish exports with the lifting of EU ban
[Norwaynews] [30.04.2016, 07:37pm, Sat. GMT]
The Norwegian government has taken actions to give more Investment opportunities to Sri Lanka in their fish market with the lifting of the ban imposed by the European Union on exports of Sri Lankan fish and fishery products, the Finance Ministry said.

Following a meeting with the Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake earlier this week, the Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther has said that with the lifting of the ban Sri Lanka has gained opportunity to invest in fish exports industry in Norway.

The meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador was a follow-up on a meeting the Finance Minister held with his Norwegian counterpart Ms. Siv Jensen in Washington, while participating for Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group.
 
Norway waits gosl's greenligt
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2016, 08:36pm, Sat. GMT]
Sri Lanka and Norway bilateral trade needs to be increased, Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Thorbjourn Gaustadsaether said on Wednesday (20th). Addressing a forum on bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Norway held by the National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) at the NCCSL, he said that bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and Norway increased by 26% to USD 32 million since 2008.
 
Norway and UNDP partner to support recently resettled communities in Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [10.01.2016, 09:42am, Sun. GMT]
The Government of Norway and United Nations Development Programme [UNDP] in Sri Lanka recently entered in to a partnership agreement to improve access to justice and livelihood opportunities of the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna District of Sri Lanka. Country Director of the UNDP in Sri Lanka, Joern Soerensen and Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka, Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther signed a partnership agreement to extend Government of Norway's support to the recently resettled communities in the Jaffna District.
 
Norway pledges support for Sri Lanka to access fish stocks
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2016, 12:12pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway has pledged their technical support to conduct an assessment on marine fish stocks in Sri Lanka, Foreign Minister of Norway Børge Brende said. “We would like to support in the assessment of the fish stocks with our research vessel. I think there is also a huge potential for renewables like solar,” Minister Brende said.
 
Norway to hold talks with ex-President Chandrika
[Norwaynews] [06.01.2016, 06:39pm, Wed. GMT]
The Norwegian Government is to hold talks with former Srilankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende, who will undertake a one-day official visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow, will hold talks with former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, the Foreign Ministry said.
 
Sri Lanka to improve ties with some countries
[Norwaynews] [02.01.2016, 06:52pm, Sat. GMT]
Sri Lanka is keen to reinvigorate the relations with countries that Sri Lanka had once difficult relations with over a number of issues, the Foreign Ministry said. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, Musthafa M. Jaffeer, on completion of his tenure as Ambassador to the Kingdom, recently paid a farewell call King Harald.
 
I told UN probe panel all I knew – Erik Solheim
[Norwaynews] [18.05.2015, 11:30am, Mon. GMT]
Former Norwegian peace facilitator Erik Solheim who told to Sri lankan media last year that he would reveal information to a UN probe on Sri Lanka's last phase of the war and the white flag issue if he was called to give evidence, admitted that he had indeed stood before the panel and gave evidence. He also said he was ready to share all he knew before any national or international tribunal.
 
Norwegian Crab Processing Centre in Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [25.04.2015, 01:14pm, Sat. GMT]
Norwegian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Grete Løchen together with the UN Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Mr. Haoliang Xu, UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Subinay Nandy, and UNDP Country Director Joern Sorensen recently made a visit to Thampaddy fishing village in Kayts Divisional Secretariat in Jaffna District.
 
Sri Lanka-Norway plenty of new opportunities for business– BMMP
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:39am, Sat. GMT]
The Sri Lanka - Norway business matchmaking programme was started in 1994 to evaluate the opportunities in Sri Lanka. The result of stating the BMMP (Business Match Making Programme) in India resulted in NORAD considering operating a similar programme in Sri Lanka. The overall objective is to establish sustainable investment, collaborations/Joint Ventures between Norwegian and Sri Lankan Companies.
 
Good governance to Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [05.02.2015, 09:18pm, Thu. GMT]
Reforms towards good governance, rule of law and sound economic management goes hand in hand towards increasing foreign direct investments, said Grete Løchen, Ambassador of Norway to Sri Lanka. Speaking at the20th annual General meeting of the National Chamber of Exporters she said that since the election positive steps have being taken in this regard which was encouraging.
 
Sri Lanka – Nordic Business Council holds discussions with Norwegian envoy
[Norwaynews] [23.01.2016, 08:37pm, Sat. GMT]
Sri Lanka – Nordic Business Council of the Ceylon Chamber paid a courtesy visit to Thorbjørn Gaustadsæther, the Norwegian envoy in Sri Lanka recently. The President and the Committee of the Sri Lanka – NORDIC Business Council were among the delegation who met with the Norwegian ambassador in Colombo.
 
Seminar on 'Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Norway'
[Norwaynews] [18.01.2016, 11:32am, Mon. GMT]
The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka (NCCSL) will hold a session on "Bilateral Trade between Sri Lanka and Norway". The seminar will be held on Wednesday 20 January 2016 from 3.00 to 4.30 p.m. at the National Chamber Auditorium on D R Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo.
 
Domestic mechanism process to begin next week: SriLanka FM
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2016, 02:41pm, Thu. GMT]
The domestic mechanism process on the war will begin next week, SriLankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera says. The observation was made after having official talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Børge Brende today. “You are coming to Sri Lanka at a time when Sri Lanka is trying to come to terms with its past and to forge ahead. The domestic mechanisms through which we are trying to address this past, are in the process of being developed and the consultation process to design these mechanisms, will begin next week,” Samaraweera said.
 
Norwegian Foreign Minister arrives
[Norwaynews] [07.01.2016, 11:25am, Thu. GMT]
Foreign Minister of Norway, Borge Brende arrived in Sri Lanka this morning. Upon his arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, the visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister was welcomed by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mangala Samaraweera.
 
Norwegian FM to visit Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [04.01.2016, 06:55pm, Mon. GMT]
Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende, is scheduled to visit the Srilanka, SL Foreign Ministry Sources confirmed. He is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka immediately following Pakistan Prime Minster Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s visit which concludes on January 6.
 
To End a Civil War: Norway's Peace Engagement with Sri Lanka
[Norwaynews] [19.10.2015, 08:05pm, Mon. GMT]
In a book to be launched in Oslo next month, the former Norwegian peace envoys to Sri Lanka will tell the story of Norway's efforts to bring peace to the island nation during its three decades long war with the Tamil Tiger. The book titled "To End a Civil War: Norway's Peace Engagement with Sri Lanka" by UK journalist and author Mark Salter will be launched at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Oslo on November 2.
 
Merrill J. Fernando to receive 2015 Business for Peace Honour in Oslo
[Norwaynews] [01.05.2015, 03:37pm, Fri. GMT]
Dilmah Tea Founder Merrill J. Fernando will be one the five Honourees of the 2015 Business for Peace award of the Oslo based Business for Peace Foundation. Nominated by the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce through the International Chamber of Commerce, Fernando will be bestowed with this honour on Saturday which happens to be his 85th Birthday.
 
Norway satisfied with Sri Lanka's success in100-day programme
[Norwaynews] [25.04.2015, 11:36am, Sat. GMT]
Norway is satisfied with the success of the government's 100-day programme, the Norwegian Ambassador Grete Lochen told the Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena when she called on the President Friday at the Presidential Secretariat. The Norwegian Ambassador commended the initiatives taken by the President to establish good governance and restore democracy amidst various obstacles.
 
Norwegian Ambassador Chief Guest at the National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka
[Norway] [07.02.2015, 05:38pm, Sat. GMT]
Hon. Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva, Guest of Honour Dr. Saman Kelegama, outgoing president Mr. Mangala Yapa, incoming president Sarade De Silva, Members of the National Chamber of Exporters, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me as the Chief Guest. It’s an honour being here among so many prominent people.
 
Shock and Joy in Sri Lanka - Erik Solheim
[Norwaynews] [31.01.2015, 07:29am, Sat. GMT]
The election shock on Sri Lanka has been called a model for how reformist elites and a fed up people can get rid of increasingly authoritarian leaders. To become a true role model, the reincarnated Sri Lankan democracy must in the next years deliver political reform, inclusive development and devolved power to minorities.
 
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