US embassy cable - 06OSLO279

NORWAY HAS NO PLANS TO RECEIVE HAMAS

Identifier: 06OSLO279
Wikileaks: View 06OSLO279 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Oslo
Created: 2006-03-09 13:54:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PREL EAID PTER NO KPAL
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHNY #0279 0681354
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
P 091354Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY OSLO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3598
INFO RUEHXK/ARAB ISRAELI COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000279 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
DEPT FOR NEA/IPA 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/09/2016 
TAGS: PREL, EAID, PTER, NO, KPAL 
SUBJECT: NORWAY HAS NO PLANS TO RECEIVE HAMAS 
 
REF: SECSTATE 37552 
 
Classified By: P/E Counselor Mike Hammer, Reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C) We delivered reftel demarche to MFA Middle East 
Office Director Joern Gjelstad on March 9.  Gjelstad took 
note of our comments and promised that he would convey our 
message upward.  Gjelstad said that Norway did not have 
regular political level contact with Hamas; however, at the 
local government level the Norwegian mission in Ramallah does 
meet with Hamas officials regarding a Norwegian development 
assistance programs to local Palestinian communities.  These 
meetings are characterized not by political discussions, but 
are programmatic, focused on the distribution of Norwegian 
aid and the progress of funded aid projects, and will 
continue. 
 
2.  (C) Norway's recent decision to follow the UN's terrorist 
designation list instead of the EU's does mean that Norway no 
longer officially considers Hamas a terrorist organization. 
Gjelstad assured us that this decision was taken to allow 
Norway to better facilitate peace efforts in Sri Lanka (the 
LTTE is listed as a terrorist organization by the EU, but not 
the by the UN), not with a view toward establishing a future 
relationship with Hamas.  Gjelstad acknowledged that there is 
no domestic legal reason for Norway not to meet with Hamas, 
but this is a step that politically Norway does not envisage 
at this time and Norway had no current plans to receive Hamas 
at a senior or political level.  He also assured us that 
Norway would not initiate any political overture to Hamas 
without close prior consultation with the US and other 
western donors. 
 
Visit Oslo's Classified website: 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/oslo/index.cf m 
 
WHITNEY 

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