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Still searching for peace. Discussion about this year’s Nobel Peace Prize far from over. Since the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, things have not been particularly peaceful here. In the fallout of the announcement, it now seems that the committee was by far from in agreement leading up to the announcement. A case of too much too soon? The feeling that it was too early to award Obama the prize is very much still part of the debate. Details revealed in today’s edition of VG show that the committee was split in its decision initially, with the majority preferring to adopt a “wait and see” approach.

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Published on Thursday, 15th October, 2009 at 11:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 19th October 2009 at 11:27.

Discussion about this year’s Nobel Peace Prize far from over.

Nobel Institute Oslo
Nobel Institute Oslo
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Since the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize to President Barack Obama, things have not been particularly peaceful here. In the fallout of the announcement, it now seems that the committee was by far from in agreement leading up to the announcement.

A case of too much too soon?

The feeling that it was too early to award Obama the prize is very much still part of the debate. Details revealed in today’s edition of VG show that the committee was split in its decision initially, with the majority preferring to adopt a “wait and see” approach.

Three out of five members argued against giving Obama the award. One of the committee members had reservations because of the US’ engagement in Afghanistan, and two of them doubted if Obama would actually follow up his firm international commitment because of lack of time.

In an interview with Associated Press (AP), the Progress Party’s (FrP) committee member Inger Marie Ytterhorn says she believes the President has plenty on his plate, giving unemployment and the healthcare reform as two examples.

“Obama has bigger problems at home in the US, and they look as though they are on the increase.”

An eye-opener

Sweden’s Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, says the news came as a bolt from the blue.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has always had their unique way of surprising people, but I must say that they outdid themselves this year,” he tells VG.

And whilst the earlier controversial prize-winner Henry Kissinger wrote to congratulate the President personally, Bildt thinks giving Obama the award was motivated by publicity.

“If the prize had gone to a little-known aid organization somewhere in the world it would have been deserved, but would have created less publicity. Giving the prize to Obama gives it higher status.”

But Ytterhorn claims that the news didn’t go down well with Obama himself.

“I saw from his face on TV that he didn’t look particularly happy whilst he was thanking (the committee for the prize) and confirmed that he would be coming to Norway to receive the prize,” she tells AP.

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Published on Thursday, 15th October, 2009 at 11:40 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 19th October 2009 at 11:27.

This post has the following tags: president, barack, obama, nobel, peace, prize, award, committee, surprise, decision, discussion.





  
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