US president Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009 among controversy

18:06, October 09, 2009      

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US President Barak Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009, announced the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo on Friday.

Obama is awarded for his ‘extraordinary efforts in international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples, said the Nobel Committee at a press conference broadcast through the webcam.

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement on the economy and the awarding of the 2016 Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, October 2, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

“The committee has attached importance to his vision for a world without nuclear weapons,” said the Nobel Committee.

The committee argued that Obama contributed a lot in achieving peace by strengthening diplomacy and through negotiations to solve the nuclear issue.

“He is awarded for what he is trying to do, and what he is doing,” answered the Nobel Committee facing the question that what Obama has done hasn’t resulted in any concrete achievements.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that Obama has been a president with new international climate.

“International diplomacy has regained certain position, the emphasis on the role that the UN and all the international institutions can play, dialogue and negotiations are referred as instrument of solving the most difficult conflict,” said the committee.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks as he awards the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the 2008 recipients at the White House in Washington October 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

48 years old Obama graduated from Harvard University and was senior lecturer in Law at University of Chicago Law School. He became president of the USA in January.

Facing journalists’ doubtful questions, the Nobel Committee insisted that Obama was awarded for his ‘attitude’, for ‘what he is trying to do’ and ‘what he is doing’.

Analysts hold that such an award is out of a strong wish to get rid of nuclear weapons and threats from the Nobel Peace Committee which puts high expectations from Obama.

The winners of Nobels for medicine, physics, chemistry and literature have been announced in the previous days and the economic prize will be announced next Monday.

The Nobel prizes have been awarded annually since 1901 to those who "conferred the greatest benefit on mankind during the preceding year."

The prizes are usually announced in October and are handed out on Dec. 10, the death anniversary of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish industrialist and the inventor of dynamite.

Each prize consists of a medal, a personal diploma and a cash award of 10 million Swedish kronor (about 1.41 million U.S. dollars).

By Xuefei Chen, People’s Daily Online, Stockholm

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