OPCW hopes Nobel will convince nations to ban chemical weapons
OSLO (AFP) - The world chemical watchdog said on Friday that it hoped its Nobel Peace Prize win would convince countries to ban chemical weapons.
"I know that the Nobel Peace Prize will help us in fact to promote the universality of the (Chemical Weapons) Convention in the next months. Hopefully we will be able to achieve it soon," OPCW head Ahmet Uzumcu told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, in the organisation's first reaction to the surprise announcement that it had won the prestigious award.
The Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), an obscure body recently thrust into the spotlight by the Syria crisis, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its work to rid the world of chemical arms.
United Nations secretary general Ban Ki Moon said on Friday that OPCW's win was proof of the threat from the banned arms.