Some of the the world’s worst wars and crises were being discussed behind closed doors in Oslo this week, as peace brokers, diplomats and top politicians gathered once again at a relatively secluded hotel in the forest at Losby.
The historic Losby Gods hotel and its golf course would provide the idyllic setting for this year’s Oslo Forum, hosted by Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide. Among those taking part in the talks: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, US special envoy in the battle against IS Brett McGurk, the UN’s own special envoys to Yemen and Syria, Martin Griffiths and Staffan de Mistura, and Somalian Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, who lived in Norway for many years.
More than 100 participants would also be there, without their names being made public. Guests are promised confidentiality when they exchange experience from peace and reconciliation processes, and most sessions were closed to media coverage.