Nobel Prize Committee Turned to Twitter When They Couldn't Reach Peace Prize Winner by Phone

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This morning, the Nobel Prize Committee awarded the 2013 Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, a watchdog group tasked with eliminating chemical weapons stockpiles.

But it appears they had a hard time contacting the OPCW shortly after announcing the award. So what do you do when you can't reach someone on the phone? Tweet at them, of course.

That's just amazing.

"The decision by the Nobel Committee to bestow this year’s Peace Prize on the OPCW is a great honour for our Organisation. We are a small organisation which for over 16 years, and away from the glare of international publicity, has shouldered an onerous but noble task – to act as the guardian of the global ban on chemical weapons that took effect in 1997," said the OPCW in a statement. "The recognition that the Peace Prize brings will spur us to untiring effort, even stronger commitment and greater dedication. I truly hope that this award, and the OPCW’s ongoing mission together with the United Nations in Syria, will help broader efforts to achieve peace in that country and end the suffering of its people."

The OPCW has been thrust into the spotlight recently due to their mission to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles. The Nobel Prize Committee made it clear that the award was bestowed based on the group's entire body of work - not just their recent work in Syria.

"Disarmament figures prominently in Alfred Nobel’s will. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has through numerous prizes underlined the need to do away with nuclear weapons. By means of the present award to the OPCW, the Committee is seeking to contribute to the elimination of chemical weapons," said the Nobel Committee in a statement.

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