Nobel Peace Prize goes to anti-chemical weapons agency

Hailey Colwell

The Nobel Peace Prize has put the Syria conflict back in the global eye, news sources reported.

The prize was awarded Friday in Oslo, Norway, to to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the Hague, Netherlands-based international agency helping to rid Syria of its chemical weapons arsenal, ABC News reported.

 

The group has recently started to work in the war zone, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee said it hopes the award offers it support in carrying out life-threatening tasks, CNN reported.

 

The OPCW has worked for more than 16 years to enforce the 1997 global ban on chemical weapons, according to a statement by the OPCW director-general Ahmet Üzümcü.

 

"We are conscious of the enormous trust that the international community has bestowed on us," he said in the statement.

 

Committee chairman Thorbjorn Jagland said the agency was not awarded the Peace prize only because of its work in Syria, CNN reported.

 

"It is because of its long-standing efforts to eliminate chemical weapons and that we are now about to reach the goal and do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction," he said, CNN reported.