Peace and reconciliation efforts

Since the early 1990s, Norway has been playing an important role as facilitator in a number of peace and reconciliation processes. Norway’s experience has shown that small countries can also play a constructive role in resolving complex armed conflicts, even without the direct involvement of the UN or the major powers.

Norwegian peace efforts are, however, contingent on all the involved parties showing a genuine will to negotiate and on their acceptance of Norway as a facilitator. Norway can offer long-term political and economic involvement, including after a peace agreement has been reached.

Statement on the situation in the Middle East

'Since our last meeting, the developments in the Middle East give cause for deep concern. For the fourth time in the seven years since Hamas took control over the Gaza Strip, violence has flared up and inflicted an intolerable toll on civilians', said ambassador Tine Mørch Smith in her statement on the Middle East and the Palestine question.

President Santos re-elected in Colombia

Juan Manuel Santos was on 15 June re-elected President of Colombia. ‘Mr Santos’s election victory gives him a solid platform on which to continue peace talks with the FARC and the ELN,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

Agreement on framework for political solution in South Sudan

‘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.

Colombian Government and ELN in peace talks

‘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.

Sudan: The dialogue must include a representativ selection of the society

'If the dialogue is to have a genuine impact and promote the development of a more just and democratic society in Sudan, it must include a representative selection of all segments of the society, including the groups that have taken up arms against the regime in Khartoum', the Troika says.

Peace agreement signed in the Philippines

On Thursday, the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a peace agreement that brings an end to the conflict on the second largest island in the Philippines, Mindanao. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and several thousand have been internally displaced as a result of the protracted conflict.

Address on the situation in Syria and South Sudan and Norway’s engagement

"The suffering of the people in these two countries is of concern to us as fellow human beings. We have a moral duty to get involved. But our humanitarian engagement is also linked to our own security policy interests", said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Børge Brende, in his address to the Storting.

Norway to provide NOK 6 million to AU peacekeeping mission

The Government is providing NOK 6 million to support the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic.

Conclusion of peace negotiations between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front

“It is very encouraging that the parties have now agreed to all chapters in the comprehensive peace agreement. The agreement demonstrates the parties’ commitment to achieving peace and development in Mindanao”, said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

Ceasefire agreement signed in South Sudan

“Norway welcomes the ceasefire agreement in South Sudan. It is crucial that the parties now keep strictly to these agreements. All hostilities must cease at once and civilians must gain access to humanitarian assistance,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

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Section for Peace and Reconciliation

Telephone: +47 23 95 14 88

Address

PO Box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse

Peace and reconciliation

Film: Norwegian Peacemakers

Monocle joins Norway's peace and reconciliation unit as they bring the Colombian government and FARC rebels to the negotiating table. Norwegian Peacemakers. Writer: Steve Bloomfield. Photo: Jørn Tomter

Contact information

Section for Peace and Reconciliation

Telephone: +47 23 95 14 88

Address

PO Box 8114 Dep.
N-0032 Oslo
Norway

Street address:
7. juni-plassen/ Victoria Terrasse