Vienna, 7 October 2011 Press release

Foreign Minister Spindelegger congratulates Nobel Peace Prize laureates from Western Africa and Yemen

Acknowledging of the role of women in coping with conflicts and warning against suppression

Vienna, 7 October 2011 – “The decision of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee is a personal distinction for the outstanding achievements of the three laureates this year. At the same time it is a special acknowledgement of the important role that women play in solving conflicts and establishing permanent peace. I congratulate the laureates whole-heartedly“, Vice-Chancellor Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said in a first reaction to the announcement of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners.

“Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman from Yemen have incessantly struggled in a peaceful manner for the rights of women in their countries. Their dedication to peace and security is an outstanding example for the successful implementation of Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security of the UN Security Council, where the role of women in the creation of peace and security is stressed. Spindelegger recalled in this context the pro-active Austrian support for implementing this resolution: “Austria was one of the first countries world-wide to work out a national action plan on Resolution 1325. At the UN Security Council we supported the introduction of indicators to measure success or failure of the implementation of the resolution.”

Spindelegger was optimistic that the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee would be conducive to making better use of the incessant contribution of women to the promotion of democracy, peace and security.

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