Tuesday, 22 March 2011
LIBYA IS MUCH MORE EUROPE AND CLINTON'S WAR, BUT BROTHER-PRESIDENT MORALES HAS A POINT
La Paz - Bolivian President Evo Morales demanded Monday that the Nobel
Committee of the Norwegian Parliament deprive US President Barack Obama of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize after he ordered airstrikes on Libya.
'How can it be that a Nobel Peace Prize laureate leads a group of gangs to attack and invade? That is not part of a defence of human rights or (respect) for the self-determination of peoples,' Morales told a press conference.
The Nobel committee surprised the world by giving the 2009 prize to Obama, only a few months after his inauguration. The committee rewarded 'his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.'
Morales - the first president of indigenous descent in Bolivia's history - was himself a candidate for the prize that year, for his work in favour of social justice and inclusion in Bolivia.
Before becoming Bolivia's president in 2006, Morales was awarded the 50,000-dollar Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights by Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi in Tripoli.
Morales slammed the UN Security Council for authorizing a military intervention in Libya. He asked that airstrikes on Libya end, and proposed a group of United Nations, Arab League and African Union officials to mediate a peaceful way out of the crisis in the North African country.