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The Foreigner UK doubted Norway terrorist capabilities. The British Government feared that Norway would not cope if terrorists attacked the North Sea oil platforms, records released from 1981 show. In the year following the Iranian Embassy siege in London, UK Foreign Office staff in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet drafted plans to deal with the outcome if an attack occurred. The document, called “Contingency Planning for Terrorist Threats to North Sea Oil Installations”, claims the Norwegians were “far from ready”, reports The Press and Journal.

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UK doubted Norway terrorist capabilities

Published on Saturday, 31st December, 2011 at 11:13 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 2nd January 2012 at 16:44.

The British Government feared that Norway would not cope if terrorists attacked the North Sea oil platforms, records released from 1981 show.



In the year following the Iranian Embassy siege in London, UK Foreign Office staff in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet drafted plans to deal with the outcome if an attack occurred.

The document, called “Contingency Planning for Terrorist Threats to North Sea Oil Installations”, claims the Norwegians were “far from ready”, reports The Press and Journal.

Whilst the actual strategy is to remain confidential, the declassified files contain correspondence between Michael Burton, head of Maritime, Aviation and Environment at the time, and the then UK Ambassador to Norway, Gillian Brown.

On April 2, he wrote, “If there were to be an incident on the Norwegian side of the median line in the North Sea in the near future, the Norwegians would still not be in a position to deal with it effectively without help. They still lack a trained specialist military response force.”

In an email to The Foreigner today, Norway's Ministry of Justice states, "The document referred to is 30 years back in time. The Ministry sees no reason to comment on the statements about Norwegian offshore emergency preparedness back to 1981. This was another time and many things have changed since then, both regarding the threat preparedness aspects."



Published on Saturday, 31st December, 2011 at 11:13 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 2nd January 2012 at 16:44.

This post has the following tags: margaretthatcher, michaelburton, gillianbrown, norwayoilrigterrorplans.





  
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