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WASHINGTON (Oct. 11, 2013) - The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), highlighting the importance of eliminating these weapons in the pursuit of world peace.

The following statement can be attributed to the American Chemistry Council (ACC):

"ACC and our members congratulate OPCW for earning the world's highest recognition for its efforts to prohibit the use of chemical weapons around the globe. As part of our industry's commitment to  Responsible Care® and the safe, secure management of chemicals in member facilities, ACC strongly supported the negotiations and the ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Council also has played an active role in the Convention's implementation, including its verification program.

"Going forward, ACC and its member companies, in cooperation with our colleagues in the International Council of Chemical Associations, will continue to support OPCW in its mission to ensure that chemical weapons are eradicated worldwide. The current situation in Syria highlights the critical importance of this work."


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