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Norway Afghanistan soldiers honoured. Minister of Defence Espen Barth Eide awarded medals to approximately 350 Norwegian military personnel who returned home from Afghanistan. The minister told the soldiers and officers during the ceremony at Gardermoen Military Airfield, “It is a great pleasure to welcome you all back from such a risky mission. You’ve been on the long march towards a safer Afghanistan.” He expressed concerns that the Norwegian media is not painting a true picture of what is really happening there.

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Norway Afghanistan soldiers honoured

Published on Sunday, 22nd January, 2012 at 13:36 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

Minister of Defence Espen Barth Eide awarded medals to approximately 350 Norwegian military personnel who returned home from Afghanistan.

Defence (now Foreign) Minister Espen Barth Eide
Defence (now Foreign) Minister Espen Barth Eide
Photo: Forsvaret/Ole Gunnar Henriksen Nordli


The minister told the soldiers and officers during the ceremony at Gardermoen Military Airfield, “It is a great pleasure to welcome you all back from such a risky mission. You’ve been on the long march towards a safer Afghanistan.”

He expressed concerns that the Norwegian media is not painting a true picture of what is really happening there.

“Contrary to what we read in the newspapers at home, it is not true things are going badly in Afghanistan. The Afghans are better trained, assuming the attitudes important as important for soldiers. It’s important to be aware that we’re not leaving a haven behind us in Afghanistan, however. There are still major challenges in the region, and it will be so for a while.”

Minister Barth Eide also revealed that Norway’s troops would remain in Afghanistan until the end of the ISAF mission. This is not due to finish until at least 2014.

Major Eystein Kvarving, spokesperson for the armed forces, told NRK that it was a coincidence but uncontroversial that the ceremony took place at the same time as Friday's demonstration against the war.

“This has been planned for a while, as far as I know long before the protest.”

Conservative Party (H) MP Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide MP, Chair of Parliaments Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence, said, “a united political Norway stands both behind the occasion and operation in Afghanistan. We wish to honour those men and women who have participated.”



Published on Sunday, 22nd January, 2012 at 13:36 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

This post has the following tags: norwaysoldiersafghanistan, norwegiansoldiersmedals.


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