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  • Human rights activists detained in Azerbaijan

    2014-08-04 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    The Azerbaijani authorities have recently arrested and brought charges against human rights defenders Rasul Jafarov and Leyla Yunus. ‘I am concerned about the arrests of two high-profile human rights defenders in Azerbaijan and the serious charges

  • WTO fails to adopt Trade Facilitation Agreement

    2014-08-01 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Last night’s failure to reach an agreement is highly regrettable. Everything we achieved in Bali may now unravel, putting multilateral trade negotiations on hold,’ said Foreign Minister Børge Brende.

  • The threat against Norway is downgraded

    2014-07-31 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) states that the threat level in Norway is on the way back to where it was when they presented their threat assessment in February 2014.

  • Norway increases funding to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

    2014-07-31 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Norway is providing an additional NOK 15 million to support efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak. ‘The outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa is cause for great concern. A concerted effort at both local and international level is needed to

  • Foreign Minister Brende: ‘Norway likely to align itself with EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia’

    2014-07-30 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The EU’s new restrictive measures against Russia reflect the gravity of the deteriorating situation in Ukraine. Norway will study the measures closely. Given the important foreign policy considerations involved, there is good reason for Norway to

  • Gaza crisis: Foreign Minister urges parties to enter into immediate ceasefire

    2014-07-28 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I urge the parties to the conflict in Gaza to call an immediate halt to the hostilities and engage in efforts to achieve a durable ceasefire, as called for by the Security Council. The suffering that is being inflicted on the civilian population is

  • The police takes measures to counter potential threat

    2014-07-24 Press release Ministry of Justice and Public Security

    The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) has reason to believe that a possible attack on Norway is being planned. At a press conference today, the police announced measures to counter this potential threat.

  • Gaza crisis: Foreign Minister Brende condemns huge loss of civilian lives

    2014-07-23 News story Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The death toll in Gaza has now reached almost 650. More than 150 of those killed are children. In my view, the military attacks on Gaza are disproportionate, and in our statement to the UN Security Council yesterday, Norway condemned the huge and

  • Third anniversary of terrorist attack on 22 July

    2014-07-22 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    Several events are being held to mark the third anniversary of the attacks on the government offices and Utøya on 22 July 2011. There will be memorial events in Oslo and on Utøya, as well as a service in Oslo Cathedral.

  • New strategy for intensified international efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation

    2014-07-21 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘Worldwide, around 125 million girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation. The fight to eliminate female genital mutilation in Norway and internationally is a high priority for the Government. Norway has set the new and ambitious goal

  • Norway condemns suicide attack in Afghanistan

    2014-07-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    Almost 100 people are believed to have been killed and many more injured in a suicide attack at a market in Afghanistan on 15 July. ‘This was a gruesome and totally unacceptable attack, which killed and maimed civilians in a public place. Norway

  • Foreign Minister Brende to visit the Middle East: Decisive need for ceasefire and a lasting peace

    2014-07-15 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The only viable way to bring the civilian losses and the enormous suffering in Gaza to an end is an early ceasefire. More than 180 people have been reported killed and some 1400 have been wounded during the attacks of the past week. Most of them

  • Norway welcomes agreement on audit of Afghan election result

    2014-07-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I welcome the agreement reached yesterday evening by the two presidential candidates in Afghanistan on an extensive audit of the election result. In agreeing to this step, Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah are showing that they both take

  • Norway provides NOK 30 million for emergency aid in Gaza

    2014-07-13 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The UN has declared an emergency in Gaza. A large number of civilians have been wounded, and there is an urgent need to increase the capacity of hospitals and ambulance services. Norway is sending NOK 30 million in emergency aid to Gaza,’ said

  • Strong Norwegian reaction to escalating violence in Gaza

    2014-07-12 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am appalled by the violence in Gaza over the last few days, which is affecting large numbers of civilians, including large numbers of children who have been killed or seriously wounded under Israeli attacks. On Friday night alone, 16 people were

  • Norway deeply concerned about developments in eastern Ukraine

    2014-07-11 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘I am deeply concerned about developments in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine are using increasingly heavy military equipment, which is resulting in loss of life and destruction of infrastructure. This is unacceptable,’

  • Unacceptable consequences for the civilian population

    2014-07-10 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The dramatic escalation of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is having completely unacceptable consequences for civilians. In my talks with Foreign Minister Lieberman and President Abbas, I have urged all parties to stop the

  • Plans now being made for the new complex

    2014-07-07 Press release Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation

    "The new government building complex will be a modern, open, living and safe urban area," says Minister of Local Government and Modernisation, Jan Tore Sanner. Statsbygg has been commissioned to start work on the planning process for the new complex

  • Foreign Minister warns against further escalation of violence in the Middle East

    2014-07-04 Press release Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    ‘The events of the last few days clearly show how quickly the current tense situation could spiral out of control. I urge both the Israelis and the Palestinians to exercise restraint. It is important to seize upon the initiative for a ceasefire,

  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg switches on test production in Norwegian solar power plant in Rwanda

    2014-07-03 News story Office of the Prime Minister

    On 3 July, Prime Minister Erna Solberg switched on test production at a solar photovoltaic power plant in Rwanda, which has been built and funded by Norwegian actors. The plant has a production capacity of 8.5 MW, and is the first utility-scale