Chemical arms body wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Chemical arms body wins Nobel Peace Prize

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee honoured the global chemical watchdog based in The Hague, Netherlands “for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons”.

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.

"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.''

The OPCW was formed in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention, the first international treaty to outlaw an entire class of weapons.

The organisation 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.

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