Nobel peace prize awarded to chemical weapons group
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, an international group that works to eliminate chemical weapons.
The group, which is based in the Netherlands, has been working to end the Syrian army’s use of chemical weapons, and members have been in the country since the beginning of the month. They recently destroyed a number of chemical weapons though the Nobel Committee said there were other reasons the OPCW was deserving of the prize.
“It is because of its long-standing efforts to eliminate chemical weapons and that we are now about to reach the goal and do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction,” said committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland. “That would be a great event in history, if we can achieve that.”
Members of the OPCW said the award was a surprise, and they hope it helps them in their work in Syria, a current war zone. Jagland said he wishes the award serves as notice to countries with chemical weapons to dispose of them.
The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, and in 2009, President Barack Obama was honored by the committee.