11/10/2013 08:50 BST | Updated 10/12/2013 10:12 GMT

Nobel Peace Prize May Not Go To Malala, But Chemical Weapons Watchdog, Norway TV Says

The Nobel Peace Prize may not be going to Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, but to an international body that monitors and orders the destruction of chemical weapons.

Norway's state broadcaster, NRK, said on Friday that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a body based in The Hague, the Netherlands, was likely to be honoured.

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The organisation is currently working with the Syrian government to oversee the destruction of its chemical weapons.


Malala had been widely tipped to win the award

Inspectors from the group visited a site earlier this week, CNN reported, where they said they saw chemical weapons equipment destroyed.

On Wednesday the body called for a ceasefire in the country to allow it to destroy stockpiles of chemical weapons.

The BBC quoted the organisation's chief, Ahmet Uzumcu, as saying the deadline for destroying equipment was "extremely tight", but was possible if truces were agreed.

Some early work of the inspectors was disrupted when they came under fire.

"If some temporary ceasefires can be established, I think those targets [agreed by a UN resolution] could be reached," said Mr Uzumcu, head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

The UN resolution stipulates that Syria's chemical weapon production equipment must be destroyed by 1 November this year, and that stockpiles of chemical weapons must be disposed of by mid-2014.