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Dangerous Obligations

Norwegian soldiers participating in international operations have an independent responsibility to comply with Norwegian law and our international obligations. They often do this in close operational cooperation with forces that sometimes have a flexible relationship with international law or simply ignore it, writes Christian H. Ruge, senior adviser at Fafo


[Afghanistan] Norway has been an ardent advocate for the ban on landmines. According to Ny Tid number 5/2006, Norwegian engineering soldiers failed to clear parts of minefields around a US air base in Afghanistan in 2002, by order of US officers. The defense denies that it happened, and claims that their efforts there have nothing to do with the international mine ban. Norway is a driving force behind this ban. Does the Armed Forces take on Norwegian obligations?

The report raises two key questions about how the international ban on anti-personnel mines (Labor mines) should be enforced. One is how the ban should be handled in situations where Norwegian personnel cooperate directly in military operations with the United States or other countries that have not stopped. . .

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