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Nobel Peace Prize Goes To Chemical Weapons Watchdog

  • World
  • 10.11.13 07:39 AM EDT

The Norwegian committee gave its highest award, the Nobel Peace Prize, to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Friday morning. In announcing the award, the committee said

"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."

This is the 22nd time an individual organization has won the award. Last year it went to the European Union.