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Nobel Peace Prize to go to chemical weapons watchdog supervising the dismantling of Syria’s chemical arsenal

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, October 11, 2013 5:49 EDT
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Part of the chemical weapons stockpile at the Deseret Chemical Depot in Tooele, Utah (AFP)
 
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This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will go to chemical weapons watchdog the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Norwegian television reported one hour before Friday’s official announcement.

“According to information obtained by (public broadcaster) NRK, the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize will go to the UN-backed Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),” the broadcaster wrote on its website.

The Hague-based OPCW was founded in 1997 to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention signed on January 13, 1993.

Its work is currently in the spotlight, as it is supervising the dismantling of Syria’s chemical arsenal and facilities by mid-2014 under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution.

A team of around 30 OPCW arms experts and UN logistics and security personnel are on the ground in Syria and have started to destroy weapons production facilities, with footage of their work broadcast on Syrian television.

The OPCW said on Tuesday it was sending a second wave of inspectors to bolster the disarmament mission in the war-ravaged nation.

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