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Ex Norwegian Prime Minister receives Palestinian passport. President Mahmoud Abbas has given former Norwegian Conservative (H) Prime Minister Kåre Willoch a Palestinian passport. Mr Willoch, who is in Palestine at the President’s invitation, laid a wreath at Yasser Arafat’s grave, also visiting Palestinians in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem. He told NRK earlier today that, “I have gradually become aware of the very grave injustice that the Palestinians have been subjected to, and that virtually the entire western world has responsibility for this.”

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Ex Norwegian Prime Minister receives Palestinian passport

Published on Wednesday, 8th June, 2011 at 20:49 under the news category, by Jessica Batey.
Last Updated on 8th June 2011 at 21:05.

President Mahmoud Abbas has given former Norwegian Conservative (H) Prime Minister Kåre Willoch a Palestinian passport.

Kåre Willoch (L) and Thorbjørn Jagland (illus. ph.)
Kåre Willoch (L) and Thorbjørn Jagland (illus. ph.)
Photo: Høyre/Flickr


Mr Willoch, who is in Palestine at the President’s invitation, laid a wreath at Yasser Arafat’s grave, also visiting Palestinians in the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem.

He told NRK earlier today that, “I have gradually become aware of the very grave injustice that the Palestinians have been subjected to, and that virtually the entire western world has responsibility for this.”

Thousands of people had to flee their homes when Israel was created in 1948, and some refugees told the former Prime Minister they dream of returning to those villages they were forced away from.

“I have become fully aware that the situation will eventually become very difficult for Israel if we do not achieve peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians now,” he continued, warning Arab anger could “mean the end of a Jewish state” in the region.

Although he has denied rumours he will now use his Palestinian passport to travel extensively in the region, he was “delighted” to be in Bethlehem and considered the passport “a very nice gift”.

Meanwhile, in reply to the question about what Norway should do if the Palestinians bring the matter of a state to a vote at the UN General Assembly in September, Mr Willoch replied, "I see very strong reasons for using the pressure that can be mobilised there to achieve a negotiated peace settlement. I'll hopefully also now meet the Israelis on this trip, and am retaining an open mind as to hearing what they have to say about this issue."

With Mr Willoch are his wife, Anne Marie, and Oslo City Council representative for the Conservative Party Amir Jawad Sheikh.




Published on Wednesday, 8th June, 2011 at 20:49 under the news category, by Jessica Batey.
Last updated on 8th June 2011 at 21:05.

This post has the following tags: kaarewilloch, presidentmahmoudabbas, palestinianpassport.



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