Johan Jørgen Holst

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Johan Jørgen Holst

Johan Jørgen Holst (29 November 1937 - 13 January 1994) was a Norwegian politician representing Labour, best known for his involvement with the Oslo Accords.

Holst was Minister of Defence from 1987 to 1989 and from 1991 to April 1993. He then became Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position he held to his death. During his time in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs he was heavily involved in the process that led to the Oslo Accords. He suffered a minor stroke in December 1993 and was admitted to a hospital. He never fully recovered and died a month later. His wife Marianne Heiberg later said that he had worked himself to death with the peace process.

In his memory, the city of Gaza created the Holst Park, an activity center for children of Gaza from 6 to 16. Holst was educated at Oslo Cathedral School, where he completed his examen artium in 1956, and at Columbia College of Columbia University, where he obtained his A.B. in 1960, and which honored him with its John Jay Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement shortly after his death—the first time the prize had been given posthumously. Through his marriage Mr. Holst was the uncle of Jens Stoltenberg, the prime minister of Norway throughout central parts of the 2000s.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rolf Presthus
Minister of Defence
1986–1989
Succeeded by
Per Ditlev-Simonsen
Preceded by
Per Ditlev-Simonsen
Minister of Defence
1990–1993
Succeeded by
Jørgen Kosmo
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Sanness
Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
1981–1986
Succeeded by
Kjell Skjelsbæk
Preceded by
Kjell Skjelsbæk
Director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
1989–1990
Succeeded by
Olav Fagelund Knudsen