Norway hails new pact in Colombia

Norwegian officials could breathe a sigh of relief on Thursday, after news broke during the night that the government of Colombia had agreed on a peace pact with the militant guerrilla group FARC. The deal climaxes more than four years of peace talks that Norway has nurtured for decades. “This is a victory for all the […]

Optimism high as peace talks begin

Oslo’s historic Holmenkollen Park Hotel, perched on a cool and airy hillside above the Norwegian capital, could hardly seem farther from the heated conficts that have enveloped the Philippines for decades. That may make it the perfect place for negotiators to air thoughts and finally broker peace among rival factions in a turbulent country on the […]

Brende missed meeting with Obama

Norway’s foreign minister, Børge Brende, was late for a meeting with arguably the world’s most powerful man last week, but could only laugh it off. The reason was another meeting with his US counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, that ran into overtime, so Brende was excused. “I’ll just have to live with that,” Brende […]

Norway pushes again for peace

UPDATED: An optimistic Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was back in the Middle East this week to make another attempt at prodding along new peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Some say he’s far too optimistic, as he tries to push through the two-state solution that was agreed in Oslo 20 years […]

Norway conducts more secret talks

As foreign ministers and peace brokers from around the world gathered at the historic Losby estate outside Oslo this week for an annual forum, came news that Norway has secretly been brokering talks between the Afghan government and the insurgent Taliban. Norway reportedly has been involved in several other rounds of secret talks as well. […]

‘Breakthrough’ in Colombian talks

Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide confirmed Sunday night what he called “the most important breakthrough” so far in peace talks between the government of Colombia and FARC guerrillas. Norway has played a key role in arranging the talks and officials seemed genuinely relieved by the progress announced. Eide said that the two sides have […]

Colombian talks start peacefully

Historic peace talks between the Colombian government and the guerrilla group FARC finally got officially underway in Norway on Thursday and the tone seemed almost surprisingly good among all parts involved. Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide was relieved to describe what he called “mutual willingness for peace.” The talks had been delayed twice and a […]

Colombian peace talks delayed again

UPDATED: Delegations from both the Colombian government and the guerrilla group FARC postponed their departure for Oslo early this week, reportedly because of bad weather that disrupted airline traffic in Central- and South America. It was initially unclear when the delegations would arrive in Oslo to start their latest, and possibly conclusive, session of peace […]

Colombian peace talks postponed

Peace talks between the government of Colombia and the country’s long-standing left-wing guerrilla group FARC were due to begin in Oslo early this month but reportedly have been postponed for around a week. FARC officials claim they’ll now begin on October 15, but that hadn’t been confirmed by Colombian authorities. There’s been some confusion over […]

Philippine peace talks set to resume

Norway is poised to once again host talks aimed at bringing peace between the government of the Philippines and the country’s communist insurgents. Representatives for both sides  have agreed on a new effort to resume peace talks in Oslo next month. News bureau NTB reported that the communists’ chief negotiator Luis Jalandoni is willing to […]