Nobel laureate Barack Obama
Nobel Peace Prize

Obama: "Peace Prize a Call to Action"

Updated 2009-10-10 10:03 AM

U.S. President Barack Obama sees winning the Nobel Peace Prize as a call to action for all nations to confront the common challenges of the 21st century.

Obama told reporters in the White House that he does not view the award as a recognition of his own accomplishments but rather as an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on National Radio that Obama was being honored for what he already had achieved in his short time in office, and he was expected to do more for peace in the future.   

The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society criticized the decision of the prize committee.  Chairwoman Anna Ek told Radio Sweden that someone conducting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should not receive the peace prize.

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