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Norwegian Libyan silence gets louder. The domestic squabble over including the Norwegian people further by revealing more details about the country’s Libyan operations continues. In yesterday’s article on The Foreigner, Liberal Party (V) leader Trine Skei Grande criticised Minister of Defence Grete Faremo and the military for their reluctance to talk, stating, “They should have shown more openness. It would have increased the understanding of how difficult a job the soldiers do.” Harald Stanghelle, Aftenposten’s political editor, said he could not give an informed answer about what was happening, as he was wary of trusting the objectiveness of information officials release.

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Norwegian Libyan silence gets louder

Published on Friday, 27th May, 2011 at 15:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 30th May 2011 at 09:45.

The domestic squabble over including the Norwegian people further by revealing more details about the country’s Libyan operations continues.

Harald Sunde on a visit to Rena camp
Harald Sunde on a visit to Rena camp
Photo: Forsvarets mediesenter/Håkon Bredesen


In yesterday’s article on The Foreigner, Liberal Party (V) leader Trine Skei Grande criticised Minister of Defence Grete Faremo and the military for their reluctance to talk, stating, “They should have shown more openness. It would have increased the understanding of how difficult a job the soldiers do.”

Harald Stanghelle, Aftenposten’s political editor, said he could not give an informed answer about what was happening, as he was wary of trusting the objectiveness of information officials release.

When confronted by the paper about how difficult this made it to have a public debate about the campaign, Chief of Defence Harald Sunde hits back at the media, telling Aftenposten today that, “I find this quite surprising. We initially had enormous media attention surrounding the Libyan operations. Every newspaper, radio and television station showed daily report sabout them. The coverage is entirely different now.”

“The military is firm in its resolve to be open and have a debate about its international operations. That is why I welcome this interview. We release as much information as possible both within the framework of NATO’s guidelines, what is responsible in relation to operational security,” he continues.

Both the Ministry of Defence and Norwegian military officers’ organisations say they are willing to consider releasing more information, conditional upon maintaining the security of personnel and their aircraft.

Deputy Minister Roger Ingebrigtsen at the Ministry of Defence says, “The regime in Tripoli conducts a continuous campaign of disinformation. Details could be misused if we are too open about the raids.”

“I welcome a debate about openness, and we will consider giving more frequent updates on the mission,” he told The Foreigner yesterday.



Published on Friday, 27th May, 2011 at 15:43 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 30th May 2011 at 09:45.

This post has the following tags: haraldsunde, muammaral-gaddafi, norwayinlibya.





  
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