Iran nuclear dealmakers could win Nobel prize: Report

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NEW YORK, Oct 2 (APP): The main facilitators of the 2015 accord on Iran’s nuclear programme, slammed as the worst deal ever by U.S. President Donald Trump, could be among the top contenders for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, Bloomberg News reported, citing researchers who predict potential winners.
Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign affairs chief, and Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, are the best candidates because they convened the process that ended with the easing of sanctions against Tehran in return for nuclear restrictions, according to Henrik Urdal, director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), which makes a shortlist each year with mixed results.
Leaving John Kerry out was no criticism of the former U.S. secretary of state’s role in the deal, the PRIO director said in Osolo, but could be a way of highlighting to Trump — who has said he’s made a decision on whether the U.S. will continue to abide by the deal — that it has broad international support.
Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama, won the award in his first year in office in 2009. The current U.S. president has also been nominated this time, according to PRIO. Nominations, which include over 200 names every year, are open to academics, lawmakers and non-governmental agencies worldwide. Trump’s odds were 101/1 at William Hill Plc, which estimated Obama’s chance of winning again to be higher, at 20/1.
PRIO’s shortlist also included the White Helmets, formally called the Syrian Civil Defence, and its leader Raed al Saleh, for its efforts to help civilians in the war-torn country. The White Helmets were 4/1 to win the prize at both William Hill and Unibet. The main bookmakers didn’t provide odds for the Iran-deal parties, or for PRIO’s second and third picks:
UNHCR and High Commissioner Filippo Grandi, amid a record number of displaced people globally and crises spanning from Syria and Afghanistan to the Rohingyas in Myanmar.
Turkey’s Cumhuriyet newspaper and its former editor Can Dundar, who symbolize president Recept Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown on the freedom of the press Pope Francis was favourite to win at William Hill with 2/1, followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at 3.5/1.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had the lowest odds at Unibet with 3/1, followed by the Pope at 4/1. Other candidates cited by PRIO, Nobel historian Asle Sveen, or bookmakers:
The Economic Community of West African States
Saudi writer Raif Badawi U.S. leaker Edward Snowden
Russia’s Novaya Gazeta newspaper, human rights group Memorial The prize, along with literature, physics and medicine honours, was created by Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel and first awarded in 1901. Past winners include two Pakistanis — scientist Prof Abdul Salam and education activist Malala Yousafzai.