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EKD Council Chair welcomes Nobel Prize for Chemical Weapon Inspectors

October 11, 2013

Berlin (epd). The Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) welcomes the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Anyone who remembered the terrible pictures of the victims of the chemical weapon attack in the Syrian civil war could only welcome the Oslo decision, said the EKD Council Chair Nikolaus Schneider in Berlin on Friday.

With its work to verify and destroy chemical weapons, the organization makes an indispensable contribution to peace, Schneider stated. The award also recognized the personal courage of the chemical weapon inspectors, who undergo danger to life and limb in crisis regions like Syria. The Council Chair combined his congratulations with an appeal to the USA and Russia to destroy their stocks of chemical weapons.

Schneider likewise regards the awarding of the Nobel Prize as a strengthening of the United Nations for their worldwide efforts towards peaceful solution of conflicts. "We in the Protestant church give priority to settling conflicts by civilian and peaceful means - this year's choice for the Nobel Peace Prize encourages all the women and men in our church who have long been working for a world without weapons of mass destruction," he added. epd




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