Oct. 11 - The head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, winner of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, says he hopes the group's efforts lead to greater peace in Syria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The director general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says the organisation's Nobel Peace Prize win is a "a great honor." The organisation received the prize for overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile during a civil war. Ahmet Uzumcu, of the OPCW, said in a news conference in The Hague the recent events in Syria were "a tragic reminder" that much work remains to be done. "Our hearts go out to the Syrian people who were recently victims of the horrors of chemical weapons," Uzumcu said. The OPCW dispatched its experts after a sarin gas attack killed more than 1,400 people in Syria in August. Their deployment, supported by the United Nations, helped avert a U.S. strike against President Bashar al-Assad.