Africa

Discussion in the Security Council. 
Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council expressed grave concern about the situation in the border area between Sudan and South Sudan and urged the parties to stop all use of violence. Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre commented, “Norway shares the Security Council’s concern about the escalating violence and deadlocked negotiations. The statement makes it very clear that the... Read more

Carl P. Salicath, the Norwegian Chairman of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. 
Photo: UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

The following text is the communique of the 5th Plenary of the Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. The meeting, which took place in New York on January 28, 2010, was chaired by Norway. Read more

Chairman of the Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia, Carl P. Salicath of Norway, and senior advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Haakon Svane, at the UN press conference. 
Photo: Norway's UN Mission/Emma Kwesiga Lydersen.

The Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia, which is currently chaired by Norway, is meeting in New York on Thursday January 28. A great number of countries and organisations are taking part. The main goal is to coordinate and strengthen efforts that protect shipping off the Somali coast from piracy. Experience shows that the effort is paying off. Meanwhile the pirates have extended... Read more

Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. 
Photo: Forsvarets Mediearkiv.

There was widespread agreement at the UN Security Council that the solution to Somali piracy is to be found on land, not at sea. In the open debate in the Security Council on Wednesday 18 November, Ambassador Morten Wetland reiterated Norway’s commitment to the fight against piracy in Somali waters. Read more