Nobel Peace Prize 'should have been mine', jokes Syria's Assad
BEIRUT (AFP) - Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has jokingly said he should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a pro-Damascus Lebanese newspaper reported on Monday.
The prize, which was given to the global chemical weapons watchdog on Friday, "should have been mine", Mr Assad said, according to Al-Akhbar newspaper.
Mr Assad made the remark "jokingly", the daily said, as he commented on the award on Friday of Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is working in Syria to destroy the Assad regime's massive chemical arsenal by mid-2014.
Al-Akhbar also reported that Mr Assad proposed in 2003 that all countries in the region should hand over all weapons of mass destruction. But the newspaper did not say when Mr Assad made the comments about the Nobel.