European politicians to nominate Ukrainian President for Nobel Peace Prize: Report

NORWAY: Several current and former European politicians addressed the Norwegian Nobel Committee with a request to nominate Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022, and for this reason extend the nomination procedure until March 31.

“We therefore humbly call upon you, the Committee, to consider: Extending and thereby re-opening the nomination procedure for the Nobel Peace Prize until March 31, 2022 to allow for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for President Zelensky and the people of Ukraine,” the statement, dated March 11, said.

The politicians also called on the committee “to re-open and reconsider the 2022 nomination procedure for the Nobel Peace Prize,” according to the statement.

This year’s Nobel Prize announcements will take place from October 3-10. As many as 251 individuals and 92 organizations applied for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, the body that selects the Nobel Peace Prize winner, has not said if it will extend the deadline or consider the late nomination.

“Although we are aware that this is a break with procedure, we do believe that this break is justified by the current unprecedented situation. It is our democratic duty to stand up to authoritarianism and to support a people fighting for democracy and their right to self-Government,” the letter to the committee argued.

If the nomination is considered, Zelensky and the Ukrainian people will be competing for the 2022 prize against figures such as NBA player Enes Kanter Freedom and former White House adviser Jared Kushner.

Ukraine has had six Nobel Prize winners in the past, but no Ukrainian has ever been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. – NDTV

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