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  • The prize committee in Oslo, Norway, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday to the international chemical weapons watchdog helping to eliminate the Syrian army's stockpiles of poison gas, The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Its inspectors have just begun with that work in the active Syrian war zone, and the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded them as they face arduous and life-threatening tasks. But the OPCW did not receive the prize primarily because of its work in Syria, committee chairperson Thorbjorn Jagland said. "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. That would be a great event in history, if we can acheive that. Protocol requires those awarding any Nobel prize not to inform recipients ahead of the prize announcement but instead to get in touch with them parallel to informing the public. The Nobel committee could not reach the OPCW to inform it of the win. In posts to Twitter, it requested the chemical watchdog group get in touch with it. The Norwegian Nobel Committee (made up of 5 members) selects the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize each year on behalf of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel's estate, based on instructions of Nobel's will. The Peace Prize is the fifth Nobel Prize to be awarded this week, preceded by honors in medicine, physics, chemistry and literature. On Monday, the final Nobel Prize will be awarded in the field of economics.

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