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C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000095 SIPDIS NEA FOR A/S WELCH, DAS DIBBLE E.O. 12958: DECL: 01/27/2016 TAGS: PREL, IS, NO SUBJECT: POST-PALESTINIAN ELECTION: NORWAY SEEKING TO ENGAGE Classified By: Ambassador Benson K. Whitney, Reason 1.4 b and d. 1. (C) Meeting in Oslo, Foreign Minister Jonas Stoere told A/S Dan Fried on January 27 that he plans to speak with Abbas later today and tell him that he is sending his number two, Deputy Foreign Minister Raymond Johansen, to visit with him next week (date unspecified). Stoere wanted to make sure we knew he was doing this in case there were messages we wanted passed to Abbas. A/S Fried referred to the Secretary's remarks calling on Hamas to renounce violence, turn away from terrorism, and accept the right of Israel to exist. (Note: The FM did not explicitly mention meeting with Hamas, but he strongly suggested Johansen will try to meet with "emerging" leaders. End note) 2. (C) Stoere went on to explain that as Chair of the AHLC, and as the PA is one of the largest recipients of Norwegian aid, he wants to engage in the wake of the elections to try to steer the new government in the right direction. Stoere agrees fully with us that Hamas must renounce violence and accept Israel. Stoere said his assessment is that the situation is chaotic, that Hamas "is shell-shocked" and did not expect to win, and that there is an opportunity to deliver a message. 3. (C) Norway, for its part, wants to ensure that if it continues to provide assistance, that it go through uncorrupted channels. Stoere said that aid could be conditional. "Hamas must now run the very institutions it has opposed," commented Stoere, and they must understand that they need to respect the Road Map. Stoere remarked that the PLO was once a terrorist organization and see how they transformed, clearly hoping the same will be true with Hamas. 4. (C) Comment: We have been sensing that Stoltenberg's government has been itching to re-engage in a serious way in the Middle East peace process and now sees the post-election chaos as an opportunity for it to get involved given its considerable assistance to the Palestinians. The Stoltenberg government's foreign policy mantra, with FM Jonas Stoere leading the charge, is to (re)establish Norway as a leader in peace mediation efforts. Hence, the continuing efforts in Sudan, Sri Lanka and also the decisions to move away from the EU's terror designation list and to no longer invite Cuban dissidents to Norway's National day reception in Havana. With reference to the EU list, Norway believes it gains greater flexibility to engage with groups if it is not designating them as terrorist organizations (although it will follow UN designations); in the case of Cuba, it thinks it can have a "critical dialogue" with the Castro regime while still planning to support dissident groups the "other 364 days of the year." The Norwegians are keenly aware of our concerns on Cuba and have told us they would welcome our input on how they can make sure to signal to the dissidents that they continue to have Norway's support. 5. (U) A/S Fried cleared this message. Visit Oslo's Classified website: http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/oslo/index.cf m WHITNEY NNNN
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