Stoltenberg defends NATO’s bombing of Libya

Former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, now the secretary general of NATO, fended off criticism that NATO’s bombing of Libya in 2011 led to the country’s descent into chaos. Norway played a major role in the raids that ultimately led to demise of the Gadhafi regime in Libya. “There are many reasons why Libya collapsed, but […]

Norway negotiated while bombing Libya

Jonas Gahr Støre led Libyan negotiations even after Norway started taking part in the bombing of Libya in 2011. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet

Jonas Gahr Støre, the new leader of Norway’s Labour Party, conducted secret negotiations with the Gadhafi regime in Libya at the same time that Norway was taking part, even leading, bombing raids over Libya organized by NATO. Støre, who was foreign minister in Jens Stoltenberg’s Labour-led government at the time, has confirmed the talks, which […]

Libyan group blockades Yara factory

Norwegian fertilizer company Yara shut down production and sent staff from its Marsa al Brega factory out of Libya this week, after a local militia group laid siege to the site. Yara said no one was hurt, but the decision was taken to send workers home for safety reasons. The militia group demanded payment for […]

Norway may compensate civilian casualties in Libya

Norwegian fighter jets were among the most active during last year’s NATO strike on Libya, and NATO is under rising pressure to recognize and offer compensation for civilian casualties. Norway may go along with any demands posed by Libyan authorities. “There’s no obligation to pay compensation and there are good reasons for that,” Defense Minister […]

Probe demanded of Libya bombings

Norwegian fighter jets

Jan Egeland, the former Norwegian diplomat who now heads Human Rights Watch in Europe, is calling for an investigation into Norway’s and NATO’s bombing of Libya last year. Egeland fears the bombing killed too many of the civilians that the UN-backed mission was supposed to protect. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that at least […]

Statoil holds off on Libya reopening

Norwegian oil company Statoil won’t say when it plans to re-open its office in Tripoli but company officials confirm they’re watching developments in Libya carefully, not least since the country officially declared its liberation from 42 years of dictatorial rule under Moammar Gadhafi. “We’re following the developments in Libya very closely, with the thought of […]

Norway promises support for Libya

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre has promised support for Libya’s transition to a “united and democratic” country following the death of former Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday. The support, however, won’t be without conditions. “We expect (Libya’s) National Transitional Council to respect international law and humanitarian law in its further efforts to ensure […]

Norway backs Libya amidst scolding

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg with one of the jets used to bomb Libya last spring. Stoltenberg's government supports the new transitional authority emerging in Libya. PHOTO: Forsvaret

The Norwegian government, led by Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, has officially recognized the new National Transition Council (NTC) in Libya as the country’s legitimate governing authority and a Libyan adviser said Norwegian companies could keep operating, but only after criticizing them as “useful idiots” for the country’s missing dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr […]

Norway hopes for a ‘new Libya’

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre defended Norway's participation in the NATO bombing of Libya and now hoped the opposition's armed battle against the Gadhafi regime would end soon. PHOTO: Utenriksdepartementet/Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre was following the developments in Libya closely on Monday, and noted that embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi had “several opportunities” to end the conflict earlier. Støre claimed the NATO bombings in which Norway took part have played a decisive role in stopping Gadhafi’s attacks on his own people. As […]

Soldiers come home from Libya

Norwegian soldiers who have returned from the NATO operations in Libya this week have described their experience in the military conflict, while domestic criticism continued. Norway had contributed to the NATO operations in Libya with six F-16 fighter jets, reduced to four in June, which returned on August 1. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that Norwegian […]