Norway to Revise Terrorist Organizations List After the Elections

While Norway today follow UN terrorist list, a conservative government after the fall will lead to major changes in Norwegian foreign policy, writes Klassekampen. Conservative Party and Frp are to adopt the EU’s terrorist organizations list which includes PKK, Hamas and FARC, which Norway has previously brokered peace talks.

According to the newspaper, Conservative Party (Høyre), Christian Democratic Party (KrF) and the Progress Party (FrP) called for broadening the definition of which organizations and individuals should be considered as terrorist.

– We must have the courage to call a spade a spade. Therefore, we believe that it is important to expand the terror lists Norway follows today, says Progress Party politician Åse Michaelsen.

Conservative Party politician Anders Werp confirms that if the party is in government, they will undergo Norway’s obligations in international cooperation against terrorism.

– On the spur of the moment I can not see any reason why we should not operate with the same terror list as the EU does, says Werp.

The coalition government has decided in 2006 to give up the EU terrorist list and follow the UN to act as a mediator in conflicts.

Terrorist Organizations List

This is a list of designated terrorist organizations by national governments, and inter-governmental organizations, where the proscription has a significant impact on the group’s activities. The basic criteria for classifying an organization as terrorist is their using terrorism as a military tactic to achieve their goals. However, there is no international consensus on a complete lists of terrorist organizations.

For example, the three large terrorist organizations according to the list of EU is not included in the black list of Norway. These are FARC, Hamas in Palestina, and PKK. 

Israel, the United States, Canada, the European Union, and Japan classify Hamas as a terrorist organization, while Norway, Iran, Russia, Turkey, and Arab nations do not.

Similarly, The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, commonly known as PKK, is listed as a terrorist organization internationally by some states and organizations, including United Nations, NATO, the United States and the European Union. However, it is not in Norway’s terrorist list. 

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