OSLO - The Nobel Foundation has defended the award of its annual Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama, Yemeni rights campaigner Tawakul Karman and others by persuading a Swedish regional body that the awards remained consistent with its founder's wishes.
The County Administrative Board of Stockholm said on Thursday in an emailed statement that it had received a reply from the Nobel Foundation which supported its view that the foundation "fulfills its obligation to examine how the Nobel committees work."
It added that it believed the foundation was ready to act if the Norwegian Nobel Committee -- which awards the Peace Prize -- was deemed to not be fulfilling the rules stipulated in the will of founder Alfred Nobel.
"Therefore there is currently no reason for the County Administrative Board to further intervene against the foundation's work...and the matter is to be closed," the board said in the statement emailed to Reuters.
The issue has dogged the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2008, when Oslo-based author and lawyer Fredrik Heffermehl began arguing that the prize had drifted from Nobel's intent to promote disarmament and peace congresses.