Global Chemical Watchdog Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons won this year's Nobel Peace Prize on Friday "for its extensive efforts" to rid the world of such arsenals, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

"The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law," the committee said. "Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons."

The OPCW commented that it hoped its Nobel Peace Prize win would convince countries to ban chemical weapons.

"I know that the Nobel Peace Prize will help us in fact to promote the universality of the (Chemical Weapons) Convention in the next months. Hopefully we will be able to achieve it soon," OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, in the organisation's first reaction to the surprise announcement that it had won the prestigious award.

Based in The Hague, Netherlands, the OPCW was formed in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention, the first international treaty to outlaw an entire class of weapons.

The organization has 189 member states and Friday's award comes just days before Syria officially joins and even as OPCW inspectors are on a highly risky United Nations-backed disarmament mission based in Damascus to verify and destroy President Bashar Assad's arsenal of poison gas and nerve agents amid a raging civil war.

The peace prize was the last of the original Nobel Prizes to be announced for this year. The winners of the economics award, added in 1968, will be announced on Monday.

Comments 7
Thumb haile.selassie. 11 October 2013, 12:38

too bad for Vladimir Putin

Thumb -.-.wolf-.-. 11 October 2013, 13:39

I really thought that Gaga , Jumblat & Harriri would receive the Nobel Prize , what a shame !!
Signed Wolf ....

Thumb sophia_angle 11 October 2013, 14:40

No for Carlos Edde should have gone to i am sure

Thumb haile.selassie. 11 October 2013, 17:21

gaga would be the winner his lady gaga would hold a free strip

Thumb chrisrushlau 11 October 2013, 19:56

I must protest at all you people making fun of Scandinavians, who, after all, are just trying to help other people become as happy and successful as Scandinavians are, except that fellow who massacred the hundred Muslims in Norway a while ago. Not him.

Default-user-icon Gunnarr (Guest) 11 October 2013, 20:13

Scandinavian countries have some of the highest suicide rates in the western world, happy, happy, happy!

Default-user-icon Ben (Guest) 11 October 2013, 22:10

The Nobel Piece Prize can go to a organization or individuals working for causes that will affect peace in the current world. The price is not there to glorify a dead person as contra example. This price is well deserved based on their achievements fighting chemical weapons. In fact they have destroyed 80% of the worlds chemical weapon since it was established in 1997. Today's internet is a shame. People give a away opinions without a clue about the FACTS of the matter.