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Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Updated: Friday, October 11 2013, 06:22 AM EDT

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.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner


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