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Title: NORWAY CONCERNED BUT PASSIVE ON VENEZUELA

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SUBJECT: NORWAY CONCERNED BUT PASSIVE ON VENEZUELA 
 
REF: A. STATE 157206 
     ¶B. OSLO 01102 
 
Classified By: DCM Kevin M. Johnson for reasons 1.4 b and d 
 
¶1. (C) In response to Ref A demarche, Latin America Section 
Head Herberth Linder stated that Norway will sign on to any 
joint declaration that the EU produces on the situation in 
Venezuela (noting that the UK is putting language together 
but that they had not yet been approached on it officially), 
but that it is unwilling to take any further official action. 
 Linder stressed that the process has so far been a 
democratic one, although the Norwegian government is very 
concerned that the 'political system is committing suicide'. 
The opposition, he stated, has not 'shot itself in the foot, 
but in the head'. Linder noted public comments by FM Jonas 
Gahr Stoere that Norway is very concerned about the threat to 
free expression and media freedom in Venezuela.  This 
expression of concern will be the limit of the GON's reaction 
to the current situation in Venezuela absent a clear 
violation of the constitutional process.  As noted in Ref B, 
Norway is not sending a representative to the Community of 
Democracies Ministerial and does not consider this 
organization influential. 
 
¶2. (C) Venezuela desk officer Ingunn Nakkim and Linder both 
have been monitoring the dissenting voices in Venezuela and 
noted that Norway is quietly working with NGOs in the country 
to monitor press freedom.  They stated that the NGO Sumate 
from Ref A is considered by their sources in Venezuela to be 
CIA run, or at the very least, tainted by US involvement. 
 
¶3. (C) COMMENT: Norway's center-left coalition government is 
reluctant to criticize Cuba and Venezuela.  Development 
Minister Erik Solheim (recently also named Environment 
Minister) and his Socialist Left party seek to expand GON 
contact with, and support for, socialist governments in Latin 
America.  Norway will be opening a new embassy in La Paz, and 
in early November Solheim was in Bolivia where he signed an 
agreement for tighter cooperation between Norway and Bolivia 
in the oil and gas sector. 
WHITNEY