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4 August 2022

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addressed the Workers’ Youth League (Arbeidernes ungdomsfylking, AUF) on the Norwegian island of Utøya on Thursday (4 August 2022), underscoring the importance of continued support for Ukraine.

He noted that Russia’s advance has stalled again, and that Ukraine has demonstrated the ability to strike back and take back territory from the invading Russian forces. He also welcomed swift progress in Finland and Sweden’s path to NATO membership, with 23 Allies ratifying the accession protocols to date.

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As prepared – translated from Norwegian

Hello everyone,

It’s so nice to see you.

I have spoken from some important platforms. But nothing compares to standing here. On the ground at Utøya. The most beautiful place in the world. Where I have been every single summer since 1974.

I really have everything to thank AUF for. The organisation that has meant everything to my life.

It was here that I learned to do politics. This is where I learned to debate. This is where I learned to lead.

So without AUF, and without Utøya, I would never have become Secretary General of NATO.

And I say that, although I readily admit that it was also here in the 70s that I learned about why Norway should withdraw from NATO as soon as possible. We sang “Norway, Norway out of NATO” at the top of …