Jørn Siljeholm, a former UN weapons inspector who worked in Iraw prior to the invasion in 2003, said that the role was "a matter of prestige".
"We have a high level of expertise and the technology in question here is manageable for Norwegian authorities," he said. "If Norway wants to be a central player in the UN and to contribute more than money, we have here an opportunity to prove ourselves an advocate for issues that Norway believes in."
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Norwegian public broadcaster NRK reported on its website on Saturday that the country had been approached by both US and Russian officials to manage the project.