Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate

PRESS RELEASE – Friday, Oct 9 2009

Speaking from Belfast regarding the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 being awarded to President Barack Obama, the 1976 Nobel Peace Laureate, Mairead Maguire, said:

‘I am very disappointed with the decision of the Nobel Committee to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 to President Barack Obama. They say this is for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and co-operation between peoples, and yet he continues the policy of militarism and occupation of  Afghanistan, instead of dialogue and negotiation with all parties to the conflict. I believe the award is premature.

“Furthermore, I believe the Nobel Committee has not met the conditions of Alfred Nobel’s will where he stipulates it is to be awarded to those who work for an end to militarism and war, and for  disarmament.  This is not the first time the Nobel Peace Committee in Oslo has ignored the will of Alfred Nobel and acted against the spirit of what the Nobel Peace Prize is all about.

“Giving this award to the leader of the most militarized country in the world, which has taken the human family to war against its will, will be rightly seen by many people around the world as a reward for his country’s aggression and domination’.


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