Jonas Gahr Støre, Labour's (Ap) Foreign Minister, has totally discounted the idea of establishing a Sharia council in Norway. He says a parallel court system is out of the question, arguing it does nothing to help integration.
"I believe desegregation is our society's biggest social challenge. We must have a common fundament and a set of values anchored in universal principles of law if we are to succeed," he tells Aftenposten.
According the paper, Norwegian Imams and the National Courts Administration have already said they're open to the idea of establishing a council for civil matters such as divorce, inheritance, and domestic violence.