ST. KITTS AND NEVIS AND NORWAY PLEDGE TO IMPROVE RELATIONS
BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, MAY 30TH 2005 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis and Norway agreed Tuesday to strengthen the already good relations between the two nations.
“We have always had an excellent relationship with Norway. I welcome your posting to St. Kitts and Nevis and with your resident Honorary Consul here, Mr. Colin Mallalieu, it is hoped that this relationship will be enhanced,” said Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Denzil L. Douglas when Ambassador Mork paid a courtesy call Tuesday afternoon.
The Norwegian Diplomat in response said his posting to St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean is a dream fulfilled.
“I first heard about the Caribbean when I was a boy from a Norwegian seaman. He talked about the Caribbean and I never thought, even in my wildest dreams, that the day would come when I would become Norway’s official representative to 12 nations in this part of the Caribbean,” said Ambassador Mork, who earlier presented his credentials to St. Kitts and Nevis Governor General, His Excellency, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian.
“I hope my new posting will allow me to play a role that will improve Norway’s relationship with St. Kitts and Nevis and the Caribbean region and I express my full commitment to strengthen this relationship,” said the Ambassador Mork.
Ambassador Mork who arrived here Monday, began his round of engagements with a meeting Tuesday with the Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Sir K. Dwight Venner. He also called on Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade, Industry and Commerce, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris and Head of the Diplomatic Corps, and Venezuela’s Resident Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis, Her Excellency, Mrs. Myriam Troconiz Luzardo.
The Norwegian Diplomat is to visit Nevis on Wednesday and pay courtesy calls on Deputy Governor General of Nevis, His Honour Mr. Eustace John and Premier of Nevis, the Hon. Vance Amory.
Ambassador Mork entered the Norwegian Foreign Service in 1969 and served in various positions in the Norwegian Embassies in London, Rome, Italy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Oslo, Norway.
He also served as Chairman of the United Nations Committee on Commodities, FAO, in Rome; Head of Office for Cultural Exchange, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Oslo and Norway’s Consul General in Edinburgh, Scotland and San Francisco in the United States and as CEO of the Norwegian Tourist Board.
Norway's Resident Honorary Counsul, Mr. Colin Mallalieu (l) St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Denzil L. Douglas (c) and Norway's Ambassador to St. Kitts and Nevis His Excellency Ulnes Dag Mork (r).
Photo by Erasmus Williams