|(The Nobels) UN-backed chemical weapons watchdog awarded Peace Prize
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons based in the Hague, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for "its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.''
The chemical weapons conventions and the work of the OPCW have defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law, the Nobel 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.
Some states are still not members of the OPCW. Certain states have not observed the deadline, which was April 2012, for destroying their chemical weapons. This applies especially to the US and Russia.
Disarmament figures prominently in Alfred Nobel’s will.
The Nobel Committee has through numerous prizes underlined the need to do away with nuclear weapons, the panel said.
The OPCW was founded in 1997 to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention signed on January 13, 1993.