Tutu rejects Nobel Peace Prize for EU

2012-11-30 09:36

Stockholm - Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel Peace laureates have written to the foundation in protest at the decision to award the 2012 prize to the European Union.

The "EU is clearly not 'the champion of peace' that Alfred Nobel had in mind when he wrote his will", they said in an open letter.

The letter was also signed by Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire, who won the prize in 1976, and Argentina's Adolfo Perez Esquivel, 1980.

"The Norwegian Nobel committee has redefined and remodelled the prize in a manner that is not consistent with the law," they said, adding that the committee should respect the original wishes of the Nobel founder who died in 1896.

The three also called for the prize money of $1.2m not to be paid to the EU.

Eighteen European leaders have accepted an invitation to next month's ceremony while six others have declined, the Nobel Institute said on Thursday.

British Prime Minister David Cameron leads the list of leaders who plan to snub the 10 December event in Oslo, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have said they will attend.

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy called on all its 27 member states and soon-to-be-inducted Croatia to send attendees to the ceremony after the EU won the award on 12 October - a controversial decision that came as a surprise amid the economic crisis racking the bloc.

  • arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-30 10:09

    I don't think the European Union did well in conflict resolution specially in the Arab revolution and Africa however it is a good supranational power that all other nations failed to form integration can follow. The European Union structure is the best and successful when it come to trans -nation issues and economics issues. So African Union, Pana-African and other regional integration follow European Union.

  • mlucejko - 2012-11-30 10:37

    I FULLY agree with Desmond !! When I heard that the 'Nobel Prize' was awarded to the EU the first thing I thought was "This is NOT what the award is about.. It's supposed to go to 'individuals' that have made a significant change to 'peace' in the world.. Not to a bunch of idiots that can't sort out their own problems, which are creating hardship and misery throughout Europe and many other countries in the world !!!

  • isaac.tapfumaneyi.5 - 2012-11-30 10:43

    its so sad that the likes of desmond tutu are now stooping so low in talking abt a stupid award that is decided in a small norwegian parliamement.who cares what happens in europe and their awards.and here is tutu pocking his nose at that who cares.i am ashamed

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-30 23:14

      Thts a good version lol

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-11-30 10:53

    The Nobel Piece Prize!

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-11-30 11:15

    Good on you Tutu!! Pity you didn't take the same stance on Obama's nomination, it was equally ridiculous..

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-30 15:11


  • FeebleGastro - 2012-11-30 11:28

    Ja Tutu, they sure do not give it to the best canditates. In fact, when you look back over the years you'll see they've mostly given it to very bad ones...

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-11-30 11:42

    Its for the first time I agree with the bishop.

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-11-30 12:09

      "fools never differ".

  • frank.m.khumalo - 2012-11-30 12:58

    Giving peace prize to a bunch of murderers

      jon.jones.90663894 - 2012-11-30 14:22

      ????? so who did they 'murder' ?. Let me guess !. You are still feeling sorry for Gaddafi ne ?. He simply got what was coming to him -- for a long time.

  • venus.nakesch - 2012-11-30 16:21

    I totally agree with Those who reject the EU's noble prize. since its creation the EU has always striven for the enhancement and empowerment of its institutions. on the other hand, political and economic are both crucial sectors for the organization's hegemony. then, awarding the EU with 2012 Nobel peace prize its just simply another international integration seeking.

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