Norway relieved over ceasefire

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was on national radio Friday morning, expressing relief that the Israelis and Palestinians had finally gone along with a ceasefire after 11 days of what she called “intense” fighting. Norway has a long history of trying to end the constant conflicts between the two sides, with little […]

‘Retired’ bishop rallies for peace

Gunnar Stålsett, the retired bishop of Oslo, spent much of his career championing peace and reconciliation, also as a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. At an age of 83 he’s still promoting peace while traveling the globe, and feels he recently made some progress in Myanmar along with a large delegation from the New […]

Peace brokers gather in Oslo again

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 […]

Peace advocates gather in Oslo

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende is a busy man again this week, now on his own home turf instead of on his constant worldwide travels. Brende is hosting peace brokers and several key leaders including his counterpart from Iran, at the 15th annual Oslo Forum. The forum, which has been billed as a means of improving the […]

Diplomats ‘star’ in award-winning play

Veteran Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen thinks it was a bit “embarrassing” to see himself portrayed in the hit play Oslo on Broadway. Now it’s won the US’ Tony Award as the best play of the year in New York, depicting the drama behind Norway’s landmark but failed attempt to broker peace in the Middle East […]

Norway to still play a role in Colombia’s peace process

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende issued a statement on Thursday claiming it was “extremely positive that the peace agreement in Colombia has now finally been approved by the country’s national assembly.” Norway played a key role in facilitating the peace talks between Colombia’s government and the guerrilla group FARC, to end 52 years of armed […]

Brende encouraged by new Colombian peace pact

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende has had a special interest in peace talks between the Colombian government and the guerrilla organization FARC, not least since Norway has nurtured them for years. Now he hopes a new agreement, announced over the weekend, will indeed take force that also will be accepted by a majority of Colombians. Those […]

Nobel committee surprises again

The Norwegian Nobel Committee defied most all speculation and even, arguably, the voters of Colombia in awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize on Friday solely to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The leader of the Nobel committee claimed they’re only trying to prevent the Colombian peace process from stopping up. Less than a week after the […]

Philippine peace talks resume in Oslo

Just days after voters in Colombia rejected a peace plan brokered by Norwegian diplomats, the Norwegians are moving forward with peace efforts in the Philippines. Representatives for both the Philippines’ government and its communist movement were gathering in Oslo on Thursday and intend to conduct negotiations through the 11th. The talks were launched in Oslo in late […]

Colombian ‘no’ a big blow for Norway

Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende admitted to being “extremely disappointed” Monday morning after Colombian voters rejected a peace pact that Norway had helped hammer out between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas. Norway played a key role in the peace deal and its rejection is a huge blow to Norwegian peace-brokering efforts, but Brende said ministry teams will now […]