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Snowden, Ashton, Kosovo and Serb PMs proposed for Nobel

Published on Feb 1, 2014 6:44 AM
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Fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden, top European Union diplomat Catherine Ashton and the premiers of Kosovo and Serbia were proposed for this year's Nobel peace award by European Greens and Socialist leaders on Friday. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - Fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden, top European Union diplomat Catherine Ashton and the premiers of Kosovo and Serbia were proposed for this year's Nobel peace award by European Greens and Socialist leaders on Friday.

Snowden, currently in hiding in Russia, was officially named by the Greens group in the European Parliament in honour of "his contribution to the protection of our universal rights, including the right to privacy and freedom of expression".

The names of Ms Ashton, along with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovo counterpart Hashim Thaci, were personally put forward by the president of the powerful Socialists and Democrats group in the parliament, Hannes Swoboda.

Ms Ashton brokered a ground-breaking agreement between the two last year aimed at closing the door on tension in the Balkans.

 
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