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Peace Talks   Erik Solheim (born January 18, 1955 in Oslo, Norway) is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party (SV) and the current Norwegian Minister of International Development. He has distinguished himself as an international peace maker involved in resolving the current civil war in Sri Lanka and all South Asia.
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 FM urges sides to Karabakh conflict to look for solution at bargaining table
[Norwaynews] [03.04.2016, 01:40pm, Sun. GMT]
The dramatic escalation of the situation in the Karabakh conflict zone raises serious concerns, Norwegian FM Børge Brende stated. “Norway urges the sides to the conflict to cease military actions and honor the ceasefire agreement signed in 1994. Human losses and destabilization of the situation in the region should be avoided. On Friday evening battles began all along the Line of Contact established in 1994.  Despite the ceasefire, from time to time clashes took place between the sides, but the last day was the toughest one since 1994.’
 
Agreement on Victims of Colombian Conflict Seeks to Do Justice
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2015, 07:22am, Wed. GMT]
The agreement on victims will seek justice to be done and the end of violence of the conflict in Colombia, remarked today here Dag Nylanderel, representative for Norway, guarantor country in the peace negotiations. The main purpose of this agreement on victims is to guarantee giving dignity, to do justice and pave the way to end the violence of that conflict and for anybody else to be a victim, said Nylanderel.
 
Norway and Cuba Call for Cease-Fire in Colombia
[Norwaynews] [28.05.2015, 07:58pm, Thu. GMT]
The Peace and Reconciliation Foundation revealed the FARC's unilateral cease-fire reduced the intensity of conflict by nearly 90 percent. Representatives from Cuba and Norway, the two guarantor nations of the Colombian peace process, called Wednesday for a bilateral cease-fire in order to help deescalate the armed conflict that has grown bloodier over the last two months.
 
Norway, 6 countries back Mindanao peace process
[Norwaynews] [12.02.2015, 06:23pm, Thu. GMT]
Norway has joined 6 other countries in supporting the peace process in the southern Philippines despite a deadly clash that killed 44 members of an elite police force, at least 17 Muslim rebels, and 7 civilians. “It is now more important than ever to put every effort into the peace process,” Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende told the Philippines, according to a statement by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, February 11.
 
FARC-EP Informs Norwegian FM on Peace Process Progress
[Norwaynews] [04.02.2015, 06:30am, Wed. GMT]
The FARC-EP delegation participating in the negotiations with the Colombian government met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende, in which the guerrilla informed on the progresses of the peace process. According to a statement released today, the insurgent delegation in the peace process in Havana since 2012 with the government of President Juan Manuel Santos, met yesterday about two hours with Brende and his companions, to exchange information on the progresses of the peace process.
 
Manila, Maoists agree to resume peace talks
[Norwaynews] [27.12.2014, 03:43pm, Sat. GMT]
The government and communist insurgents have agreed to resume their off-and-on peace talks after more than a year since their negotiations bogged down in Oslo, Norway, which has been retained as the third party facilitator. But there was disagreement on when the talks would resume between the government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed component the New People’s Army (NPA) that have been waging a Maoist-style insurgency for 46 years, considered the longest in Asia and the Pacific.
 
Norway Delays International Funding Meeting for PA
[Norwaynews] [18.06.2014, 06:03pm, Wed. GMT]
Norway announced Tuesday that it was delaying the meeting of an international donor group for the Palestinian Authority (PA), planned for next week, in light of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers last Thursday by Hamas terrorists. The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), which is responsible for coordinating international funding of the PA and is chaired by Norway, was set to meet in Oslo on June 25.
 
Colombian Government and ELN in peace talks
[Norwaynews] [11.06.2014, 10:11pm, Wed. GMT]
‘It is very positive that talks with the ELN rebels have started in Colombia. Lasting, stable peace in Colombia will not be possible without a political solution that includes both left-wing rebel groups,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. The Colombian Government and the guerrilla group ELN (Ejército de Liberación Nacional) announced today that they are working towards formal peace negotiations with the aim of ending the armed conflict in Colombia. The two parties, with assistance from Norway, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador and Venezuela, have been taking part in confidential preliminary talks since January this year.
 
Oslo architect Ron Pundak dead at 59
[Norwaynews] [12.04.2014, 07:11pm, Sat. GMT]
Ron Pundak, an architect of the 1993 Oslo agreement between Israel and the PLO, died at home of cancer Friday, aged 59, Israeli daily Haaretz reported. In the early 1990s, with the approval of then foreign minister Shimon Peres, Pundak and fellow Israeli academic Yair Hirschfeld forged a secret channel of communications with the PLO in Norway, at a time when such links were illegal for Israelis. "The secret channel, nicknamed 'the academic talks,' which took place in an Oslo research center with the approval of Norway's government, eventually led to the Oslo peace process," wrote Haaretz.
 
Colombia Thanks Norway for Peace
[Norwaynews] [04.03.2014, 06:18pm, Tue. GMT]
Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon thanked Norway and Venezuela for their support of the peace process between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), begun in 2012 in Havana. Garzon traveled to this Swiss city to attend the high-level segment of the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. "Colombia has nothing but words of gratitude to Norway and Cuba which very kindly and sincerely, under the principles of discretion and security, have contributed to the dialogue," the vice president said at a news conference.
 
Tunisia’s Nobel win a lesson in civil negotiation
[Norwaynews] [16.12.2015, 07:26am, Wed. GMT]
LAST week, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet — a motley civil society coalition of labour, industry, human rights activists and lawyers — received the Nobel peace prize in Oslo. The five-member Norwegian Nobel committee praised the quartet’s "decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy", while African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma had noted previously that "Tunisia has become a beacon of hope for peace in Africa".
 
Welcomes Taliban’s stance on women’s rights admin
[Norwaynews] [10.06.2015, 10:09am, Wed. GMT]
The High Peace Council (HPC) has praised what it calls change in Taliban’s stance towards women’s rights in Afghanistan, following a meeting between the Taliban’s representatives and Afghan female lawmakers in Norway.
 
Taliban participates in Oslo peace seminar
[Norwaynews] [28.03.2015, 08:37am, Sat. GMT]
Representatives of Taliban and Afghan authorities have recently in secret participated in a seminar for peace mediation in Oslo, public broadcaster NRK reports. These seminars are arranged by the Norwegian Defence College (Forsvarets Høgskole). Participants come from all parts of the world.
 
Norway urges sustained focus on peace process in the Philippines
[Norway] [05.02.2015, 05:04pm, Thu. GMT]
‘I am saddened by the recent loss of lives in Mamasapano in the Philippines and would like to offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. It is now more important than ever to put every effort into the peace process,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. On 25 January, a clash between government security forces and Moro guerrillas in Mamasapano, on the island of Mindanao, claimed the lives of more than 50 people, most of them policemen. Since then President Benigno S. Aquino III and Moro Islamic Liberation Front Chairman Ebrahim Murad have both reaffirmed their commitment to the peace process.
 
UN envoy says Cyprus peace talks moving 'in wrong direction'
[Norwaynews] [14.01.2015, 08:25pm, Wed. GMT]
A U.N. envoy said Wednesday that deadlocked talks to reunify ethnically split Cyprus were at risk of being derailed amid a dispute over rights to search for offshore gas. Espen Barth Eide said it's unclear when talks would resume. "I am increasingly concerned that things are not moving," Eide said after talks with Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.
 
India's Hindu, Pakistan's Muslim joint winners of 2014 Nobel Peace Prize
[Norwaynews] [10.10.2014, 09:50am, Fri. GMT]
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 to India's hindu Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistani Muslim teenager Malala Yousafzai "for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education." "Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. In the poor countries of the world, 60 per cent of the present population is under 25 years of age. It is a prerequisite for peaceful global development that the rights of children and young people be respected.
 
Agreement on framework for political solution in South Sudan
[Norwaynews] [11.06.2014, 10:13pm, Wed. GMT]
‘I am pleased that we can now see a positive development in South Sudan. IGAD and the parties deserve recognition for having taken an important step towards a peaceful solution to the conflict. The further negotiations will not be easy, and the parties must demonstrate that they really are willing to fulfil what they have promised,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende. At a meeting of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on 10 June, President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar agreed on the framework for a political solution to the conflict in South Sudan.
 
Norway-backed Burma Peace Project Set to Continue
[Norwaynews] [23.05.2014, 08:42am, Fri. GMT]
The Myanmar Peace Support Initiative (MPSI), a Norwegian government-backed project to mobilize international support for Burma’s peace process, will continue despite criticism and the fact that it was originally set up as a short-term initiative, according to a consultant for the project. “We are currently discussing with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs how to go forward with MPSI,” said Ashley South, who acts as a senior advisor to the project. “For the time being, we have agreed to continue working until at least September.”
 
The Holberg Prize 2014 is awarded to scholar of Islamic history
[Norwaynews] [12.03.2014, 01:02pm, Wed. GMT]
The British historian Michael Cook is awarded ‘the Nobel Prize of the arts, humanities, social sciences, law and theology’. Terje Lohndal is the youngest recipient ever to be awarded the Nils Klim Prize. The Chair of the Holberg Board, Sigmund Grønmo, announced the winners in Bergen today, March 11. The official award ceremony will take place June 4 in Bergen where the prizes will be presented to the laureates by H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon and the Minister of Education and Research, Torbjørn Røe Isaksen.
 
Norwegian diplomat Tomas Stangeland – Tribute
[Norwaynews] [16.02.2014, 08:29am, Sun. GMT]
After leaving Sri Lanka, Tomas was asked to lead Norway´s  global efforts for peace as head of the section for peace and reconciliation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In that role he related to ministers and peace envoys from all continents. It is with deep regret that the NORWAY NEWS announces the death of Norwegian diplomat Tomas Stangeland, a Norwegian diplomat who was in Sri Lanka at the height of the Oslo-brokered peace process in Sri Lanka. Tomas was the affable Second Secretary of the Norwegian embassy in 2002 when a truce deal was agreed between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. For local and foreign journalists, he was the main contact at the embassy. He died of cancer on February 12, 2014 in Oslo. He was 43.
 
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