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- Ministry of Foreign Affairs unwilling to evaluate

- I do not see the great will on the part of the authorities to evaluate the peace processes Norway is involved in, says peace researcher Hilde Henriksen Waage. She believes the reaction against Norway is far more hateful in Sri Lanka than even in the Middle East.


It does not surprise Hilde Henriksen Waage that there is no public evaluation of Norway's role in the peace process in Sri Lanka, which Ny Tid wrote about last week. According to the peace researcher, not everyone likes it equally that a critical spotlight is placed on what Jan Egeland has previously referred to as "Norway's number one export article".

- There is not always an equally open mind in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to support an overall evaluation of Norway's involvement in a peace process, says Henriksen Waage, 1st amanuensis in history at the University of Oslo and senior researcher at the Department of Peace Research (PRIO).

She herself is the only one in Norway to carry out such an evaluation: Twice, in 2000 and 2004, she has presented reports on Norway's role in the Middle East peace process.

- How were the reactions?

- In the first report, «Norwegians? Who needs Norwegians? », I considered the Norwegian role before the secret negotiations started through the so-called back channel in January 1993. I thought it was important to put the Norwegian efforts into a larger historical context. However, the findings I made created huge discussions, Henriksen Waage answers.

Among those who reacted most strongly at the time was Foreign Minister Thorbjørn Jagland and peace mediator. . .

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