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What You Need To Know About The Group That Won The Nobel Peace Prize 2013 : NPR

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Where is the OPCW working?

Prior to its work in Syria, the OPCW was perhaps best known for its role in ensuring that Libya followed through on its pledge to destroy its chemical weapons stockpile. While much progress has been made since Libya made the pledge a decade ago, the work is still ongoing.

The OPCW's biggest job to date has been working with the United States and Russia to destroy their stockpiles of chemical weapons, the largest in the world.

The group said Russia destroyed 74 percent of its total stockpile; the U.S. has destroyed 90 percent. Still, both countries missed a 2012 deadline to get rid of their chemical weapons, a point noted by the Nobel Committee on Friday.

"Certain states have not observed the deadline, which was April 2012, for destroying their chemical weapons," the committee said. "This applies especially to the USA and Russia."

Both countries are continuing to eliminate stockpiles.

Nice piece of politics by the Nobel Committee.

"We need to award someone who can showcase the hypocrisy of the U.S. chemical weapons policy..."

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