Photo courtesy of TheIndyChannel.com
Hide Caption

Global chemical watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

a a a a
Share this story
Show Related Headlines
Related Articles
Your guide to the 2013 Nobel Prizes
Nobel Prizes: Breakdown of 2013 awards
Englert and Higgs win Nobel physics prize
Americans, German win Nobel for cell transport

OSLO, Norway (AP) -- 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."

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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More World News
Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession
Pope leads torch-lit Good Friday procession

Pope Francis is presiding over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum marking Good Friday in Rome.

Arrest warrant issued for Korean ferry captain
Arrest warrant issued for Korean ferry captain

Prosecutors say they've asked a court to issue an arrest warrant for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago,…

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land
Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

Christians in the Holy Land are commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem's…

PHOTOS: Prince George takes first trip
PHOTOS: Prince George takes first trip

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge take a royal trip to New Zealand and…

Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer
Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a…

Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings
Ukrainian militia deny calls to free buildings

Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities say they will only leave…

Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry
Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry

Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether…

12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest
12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

An avalanche swept Mount Everest's slopes on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least 12…

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions
Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in…

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in ritual
Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in ritual

Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to…