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Norway police ‘clueless’ about Nobel Peace Prize participants. The EU comprises a huge area and many officials, but only select person(s) will be coming to Oslo for the ceremony in about two weeks. Norwegian police claim they have little idea who. Perhaps unconnected with current discussions over a possible British EU exit, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is not going to make an appearance.  Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has affirmed “ja, ich wird da sein”, and will probably be staying at the Grand Hotel where the guests traditionally reside. 

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Norway police ‘clueless’ about Nobel Peace Prize participants

Published on Friday, 23rd November, 2012 at 09:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

The EU comprises a huge area and many officials, but only select person(s) will be coming to Oslo for the ceremony in about two weeks. Norwegian police claim they have little idea who.

Grand Hotel Oslo by night
This picture from when US President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009Grand Hotel Oslo by night
Photo: MFA Norway/ Per Thrana


Perhaps unconnected with current discussions over a possible British EU exit, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is not going to make an appearance. 

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has affirmed “ja, ich wird da sein”, and will probably be staying at the Grand Hotel where the guests traditionally reside. 

The Nobel Peace Prize-receiving team comprises EU President Herman Achille Van Rompuy (Belgium), Portuguese European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, and Germany’s Martin Schulz, current President of the EU Parliament.

The other some 40 guests not scheduled for a Grand Hotel stay on Oslo’s main street Karl Johans gate, will probably reside at other centrally located hotels such as Radissons’, reports Aftenposten.

Up to 20 guests have confirmed their attendance at the 10 December event so far, but the Nobel Institute has not yet publicised the complete list, hampering police in their planning.

The names will not be released until nearer to the ceremony.

Oslo police chief of staff Johan Fredriksen explains this presents police with “a major challenge”.

“We have to dimension things depending on who comes, because the threat level varies for the various top leaders widely”, he says.

“We still live in a vulnerable and open society, and that’s how we want it to be,” declares officer Fredriksen, adding, “we’ll ensure there’s as good security as we deem appropriate, but cannot give any guarantees this will be 100 percent.”



Published on Friday, 23rd November, 2012 at 09:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize2012, oslo, eu.





  
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