Nobel panel may not hand out Liu's peace prize

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
November 18, 2010 19:39

OSLO, Norway  — The Nobel Peace Prize may not be handed out this year because China is not likely to let anyone from imprisoned award-winner Liu Xiaobo's family attend the ceremony, a Nobel official said on Thursday, calling China's diplomatic pressure this year unprecedented.

Outraged by the award, Beijing has reportedly clamped down on Liu's relatives and pressured other countries not to send representatives to the Dec. 10 award ceremony in Oslo.

Ambassadors from Russia, Cuba, Kazakhstan, Morocco and Iraq have all declined invitations to the ceremony but didn't specify the reasons, Geir Lundestad, secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told The Associated Press on Thursday.

"For an embassy to actively try to persuade other embassies to not participate in the ceremony is something new," Lundestad said.


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