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Robinson would be a worthy Nobel winner

Published 17/10/2016

The decision to bestow the Nobel Peace Prize upon the Colombian president has rightly raised eyebrows.

Peace remains as elusive and short-lived as ever and people have rejected a peace deal to end a 52-year war with the Farc guerrillas.

But as jurors perceive this award not only as a recognition of achievement, but as an incentive to make peace a reality, why not nominate world figures like the former Irish president Mary Robinson and King Abdullah II of Jordan for this award?

Mary Robinson was a fierce advocate for peace, tolerance, human rights and the abolition of racism and capital punishment. By the same token, King Abdullah II of Jordan has hoisted the banner of moderation, modernity and religious tolerance in a volatile region.

The cause could not be served better than awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to such dignitaries.

DR MUNJED FARID AL QUTOB

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