News of Norway-Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Supports Action in Afghanistan
October 7, 2001
"The Norwegian Government fully supports the military operations lead by
the United States against the network of terror in Afghanistan. It is quite
clear that Afghanistan harbors a network of terrorist activity. The use of military
power is therefore necessary", Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg says in
a statement on Sunday October 7.
"The United States is exercising its obvious right to self-defense, as
mandated by the UN Treaty. It is quite clear that Osama bin Laden and his terrorist
network are responsible for the horrendous attacks on the United States on September
11. A broad international coalition from all continents of the world rallies
behind the measures that are now being taken".
"International terrorism is a threat to people all over the world. This
is a struggle against terrorism, its supporters and its organizers. It is not
an attack on Arab countries or Islam", Stoltenberg says.
Norway supports the military actions led by the United States along with other
NATO allies. Norwegian troops are not involved in the operations that are currently
taking place in Afghanistan. However, NATO decided Monday to send five surveillance
planes to the US to monitor American airspace. The jets will be part of NATO's
contribution to the US-led war on terrorism. The planes, normally based in Geilenkirchen,
Germany, will be partly manned by Norwegians and will replace US aircraft that
the Americans want to use in connection with other operations.
The Prime Minister refers to the fact that the operations are directed against
military installations and communication equipment. The United States is concerned
about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, and has already started to
drop humanitarian and medical supplies from the air.
Like the United States and a number of other countries, Norway has increased
its humanitarian contributions in order to avoid suffering among refugees in
neighboring countries and internally displaced persons in Afghanistan. On Friday
October 5, the Norwegian Government offered NOK 200 million (22,5 million dollars)
for medical supplies and clothes, in addition to the NOK 100 million already
Also Norway's Foreign Minister, Thorbjørn Jagland, commented on the situation
on Sunday, October 7:
"The strike against Afghanistan was expected and necessary, Foreign Minister
Thorbjørn Jagland told the news agency NTB. He underlined that Norway
supports the attacks, and says that they are solidly founded in both international
law and in decisions by the UN Security Council. Mr. Jagland therefore has no
doubt that the attacks enjoy a broad international support. He refers to the
fact that President George W. Bush over the past weeks has built up a broad
coalition against terrorism".
Norway, together with other NATO member countries, decided on October 4 to comply
with the U.S. request for assistance in its defense against terrorist attacks.
Norways assistance will initially be to permit American and allied planes
to use the countrys air space, airports, harbors, use of NATOs airborne
surveillance (AWACS), and a possible move of Norwegian marine forces to the
Norwegian military personnel can therefore be involved in operations through
Norway's participation in NATO's standing force, which involves the frigate
KNM Narvik in Standing Naval Force Atlantic and the minesweeper KNM Hinnøy
in Mine Counter Measures Force North. The Narvik has 112 crew on board, while
the Hinnøy has 35.