Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 11, 2013 11:08 hrs

The Haugue, Netherlands: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The OPCW based in the Hague is in the news because it is currently working to rid Syria of its stock of chemical weapons.

Here are some excerpts from the text of the announcement at the Nobel committee's website:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 is to be awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law. 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. Some states are still not members of the OPCW. Certain states have not observed the deadline, which was April 2012, for destroying their chemical weapons. This applies especially to the USA and Russia.

Disarmament figures prominently in Alfred Nobel’s will. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has through numerous prizes underlined the need to do away with nuclear weapons. By means of the present award to the OPCW, the Committee is seeking to contribute to the elimination of chemical weapons.

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