| Jan Petersen |
From 1971 to 1973 he was the leader of the Young Conservatives (Unge Høyre), the youth wing of the Conservative Party. He worked for the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) 1975–1981.
He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament in 1981, and was re-elected on six occasions. He had previously served as a deputy representative during the term 1973–1977.
He chaired the Conservative Party from 1994 to 2004. From 2001 to 2005, when the second cabinet Bondevik held office, Petersen was Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was a proponent of a Norwegian participation in the war on Iraq in 2003, but did not get parliamentary majority for it, since the attack failed to get approval from the UN.
After four years as Foreign Minister, he was the leader of the Parliamentary Defense Committee 2005–2009.
He led the parliamentary inquiry into the Norwegian participation in the NATO-attack on Libya in 2011, where the committee exonerated the Labour government on all counts of misleading or breaking international law. The "Participation met all constitutional requirements and all humanitarian principles", although it "had little understanding about what was happening in Libya".
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|Bilderberg/1996||30 May 1996||2 June 1996||Canada|