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Yet another meaningless Peace Prize

October 11, 2013

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 is to be awarded to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

It came into force in 1997. Since then the OPCW has, through inspections, destruction and by other means, sought the implementation of the convention. 189 states have acceded to the convention to date.

This comes just weeks after the deaths in Syria from Sarin gas and whether it was 400 or 1400 who died, the OPCW was irrelevant. And what – in any theatre of conflict – have they actually achieved for Peace? They merely seek to implement policies made by others. 

A deplorable and meaningless award carrying on the less than impressive tradition of the Norwegian Nobel Committee!

  • A politically correct award
  • to an organisation recently in the headlines
  •  an “anonymous” organisation
  • which has made no significant contribution to Peace
  • Non-members are Israel and Myanmar, which are signatory states that have not ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. 
  • Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan have neither signed nor acceded to the Chemical Weapons Convention. 
  • Syria was the most recent state to submit its instrument of accession to the treaty.
  • The US and Russia have not destroyed their stocks of chemical weapons by April 2012 as members were required to.
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