Tutu: EU not worthy to win Nobel Peace Prize
STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu and two other Nobel Peace Prize laureates are contesting the awarding of this year's prize to the European Union, saying the 27-nation bloc contradicts the values associated with the prize.
Tutu of South Africa, Northern Ireland's Mairead Maguire and Adolfo Perez Esquivel from Argentina demand that the prize money of 8 million kronor ($1.2 million) not be paid out this year.
In an open letter to the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, the three laureates say that the EU is "clearly not one of the `champions of peace' Alfred Nobel had in mind" when he created the prize in 1895.
The letter, a copy of which was acquired by the AP on Friday, says awarding the prize to the EU does not "realize Nobel's demilitarized global peace order."
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