No More War without Parliamentary Decision

Audun Bjørlo Lysbakken is a Norwegian politician for the Socialist Left Party. In 2006 he became deputy leader of the party. On 20 October 2009, he was appointed Minister of Children and Equality.


We discuss and make decisions about the most trivial matters, while some of the most important thing – such as sending Norwegian men and women to war – we don’t debate in the Parliament. 

Military participation is such a serious decision that it must be linked to a real discussion process. It is worrying that there is little public debate about Norwegian war participation, says SV leader Audun Lysbakken to Aftenposten.

SV presented a proposed constitutional amendment in the Parliament. The proposal involves participation in overseas operations can not happen without a parliamentary decision. The government will still be able to decide on war without parliamentary decision if the Norwegian border is threatened.