Peace prize 'should have been mine,' jokes Syria's Assad
AFPBEIRUT -- Syria's President Bashar al-Assad has jokingly said that he should have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a pro-Damascus Lebanese newspaper reported on Monday.
October 15, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The prize, which was given to the global chemical weapons watchdog on Friday, “should have been mine ,” Assad said, according to Al-Akhbar newspaper.
Assad made the remark “jokingly ,” the daily said, as he commented on the award on Friday of Nobel Peace Prize to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is working in Syria to destroy the Assad regime's massive chemical arsenal by mid-2014.
Al-Akhbar also reported that Assad had proposed in 2003 that all countries in the region should hand over all weapons of mass destruction.
But the newspaper did not say when Assad made the comments about the Nobel.
The OPCW and the U.N. have had a team of 60 experts and support staff in Syria since October 1, while the civil war rages on.
The team started its work after a breakthrough U.N. Security Council resolution last month ordering Syria's chemical stockpile destroyed.