Mandela is 'one of the greatest names' in Nobel history: committee

South African Deputy President F.W. de Klerk (right) and South African President Nelson Mandela pose with their Nobel Peace Prize Gold Medals and Diplomas in Oslo, on Dec 10, 1993. The Norwegian Nobel committee paid tribute on Friday, Dec 6, 2013, to
South African Deputy President F.W. de Klerk (right) and South African President Nelson Mandela pose with their Nobel Peace Prize Gold Medals and Diplomas in Oslo, on Dec 10, 1993. The Norwegian Nobel committee paid tribute on Friday, Dec 6, 2013, to Nelson Mandela, calling him "one of the greatest names in the long history of the Nobel Peace Prize". -- FILE PHOTO: AP

OSLO (AFP) - The Norwegian Nobel committee paid tribute on Friday to Nelson Mandela, calling him "one of the greatest names in the long history of the Nobel Peace Prize".

Mandela, who died on Thursday aged 95, received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 together with South Africa's president at the time, Mr FW de Klerk, for their efforts to bring about reconciliation after decades of apartheid.

"His work presents a message also today to all those who bear responsibility for apparently unresolvable conflicts," the Nobel committee said in a statement.

"Even the most bitter of conflicts can be solved by peaceful means."

Mandela has always been considered one of the most prestigious winners of the Nobel Peace Prize in its century-long history.