OSLO – This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will go to chemical weapons watchdog the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Norwegian television reported one hour before Friday’s official announcement.
“According to information obtained by (public broadcaster) NRK, the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize will go to the UN-backed Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),” the broadcaster wrote on its website.
The Hague-based OPCW was founded in 1997 to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention signed on January 13, 1993.
Its work is currently in the spotlight, as it is supervising the dismantling of Syria’s chemical arsenal and facilities by mid-2014 under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution.
A team of around 30 OPCW arms experts and UN logistics and security personnel are on the ground in Syria and have started to destroy weapons production facilities, with footage of their work broadcast on Syrian television.
The OPCW said on Tuesday it was sending a second wave of inspectors to bolster the disarmament mission in the war-ravaged nation.