Netherlands-based chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Prize

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The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, Netherlands, has received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to eliminate chemical weapons.

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The award ceremony held today in Oslo, Norway. The prize consists of a medal, a diploma and a cash award of nearly $1.2 million, CNN .

According the Norwegian Nobel Committee, a reason for selecting the OPCW was to point out the progress in eliminating chemical weapons around the world, CNN said.

"We wanted to give a signal to the world that now we have the possibility to do away with a whole category of weapons of mass destruction," said Thorbjorn Jagland, chairman of the Nobel Committee.

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