OPCW wins 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

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OPCW Director-General Ahmet Üzümcü addresses the media on 11 October 2013 on the occasion of the organisation’s winning of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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

"The conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law," the committee said adding, "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’s Director-General, Ahmet Uzumcu, said in a statement that "a great honour has been bestowed on me and my colleagues. But without the support of the States Parties this would not have been possible."

He said he accepts the honour in humility, he wanted "to assure all that the award will only spur the OPCW to untiring effort, stronger commitment and greater dedication.

The Director-General said "For over 16 years we have done what was expected of us. But we were always inspired by the true humanitarian spirit that imbues the Chemical Weapons Convention.

He said we were aware that our work silently but surely was contributing to peace in the world.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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