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The Foreigner OPCW surprised at Nobel Peace Prize win. OSLO: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons participated at a press conference at the Nobel Institute, Monday. Mr Üzümcü also highlighted that safety is a big challenge regarding removing chemical weapons from Syria. “We will not take action unless we are sure about the staff's security,” he explained. OPCW inspectors have many checks to carry out. The US has offered to destroy the Syrian chemicals. It has been determined this will take place on a ship, but the port sit undecided. According to Mr Üzümcü, the timeline is ambitious and difficult to meet, but he is confident all chemical weapons will be destroyed by the end June 2014 deadline.Increased membership hopes190 countries are currently members of the OPCW. Israel, Myanmar, Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan have not joined.“Six countries aren’t members yet, but I hope they will be soon,” said Mr Üzümcü at the press conference. The official Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will take place today at Oslo City Hall at 1 pm. OPCW's delegation of 37 representatives will be attending. Mr Üzümcü says the prize money will be used by the organization to establish their own prize, “which will be given to those who make major efforts against chemical weapons."

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OPCW surprised at Nobel Peace Prize win

Published on Tuesday, 10th December, 2013 at 08:51 under the news category, by Merethe Ruud.
Last Updated on 16th December 2013 at 21:21.

OSLO: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons participated at a press conference at the Nobel Institute, Monday.



“Receiving the prize was a big surprise to me and my colleagues, but we were delighted,” said OPCW Director General Ahmet Üzümcü.

Mr Üzümcü, who is in the Norwegian capital to collect the Peace Prize on behalf of the organisation was welcomed by incumbent Nobel Committee chairperson Thorbjørn Jagland.

“We’re very much looking forward to the next days here in Oslo,” Mr Jagland stated.

OPCW won this year's Nobel Peace Prize for their work to destroy chemical weapons.

When asked what he thinks about Norway saying no to help destroy Syria's chemical weapons, Mr Üzümcü said every country has the right of rejection and for their own reasons.

At the same time, Norway and Denmark have offered to transport the chemical weapons out of the country.

It is believed phase 1, which involves the removal of the most dangerous chemicals, should be completed by end December. The OPCW will decide a final plan for the destruction at a meeting on December 17th.

Safety concern

Mr Üzümcü also highlighted that safety is a big challenge regarding removing chemical weapons from Syria.

“We will not take action unless we are sure about the staff's security,” he explained.

OPCW inspectors have many checks to carry out.

The US has offered to destroy the Syrian chemicals. It has been determined this will take place on a ship, but the port sit undecided.

According to Mr Üzümcü, the timeline is ambitious and difficult to meet, but he is confident all chemical weapons will be destroyed by the end June 2014 deadline.

Increased membership hopes

190 countries are currently members of the OPCW. Israel, Myanmar, Angola, Egypt, North Korea and South Sudan have not joined.

“Six countries aren’t members yet, but I hope they will be soon,” said Mr Üzümcü at the press conference.

The official Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will take place today at Oslo City Hall at 1 pm. OPCW's delegation of 37 representatives will be attending.

Mr Üzümcü says the prize money will be used by the organization to establish their own prize, “which will be given to those who make major efforts against chemical weapons."




Published on Tuesday, 10th December, 2013 at 08:51 under the news category, by Merethe Ruud.
Last updated on 16th December 2013 at 21:21.

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize2013, oslo, opcw, norway.





  
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