Indira Gandhi Peace Prize for IAEA chief ElBaradei

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New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, 2008, has gone to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohammad ElBaradei, it was announced today.

''Dr ElBaradei has been selected for his impassioned opposition to the use of nuclear energy for military purposes and his steadfast espousal of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, sustained over many years,'' the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust, which gives away the Prize, said in a statement.

''Dr ElBaradei, who has been outspoken on nuclear prolifereation and international security issues, has led the IAEA in carving out an independent approach free from bias, and reflective of a wider balanced perspective in tune with today's world.

''He has consistently argued that nuclear weapon states move away from reliance on nuclear weapons and has advocated a collective, rule-based system of international security, it said.

''He has also made strenuous efforts to encourage the wider application of nuclear techniques and technologies in the developing countries in a safe and secure manner.

''His contributions thus straddle peace, disarmament and development, causes for which Indira Gandhi strove assiduously during her lifetime,'' Trust Secretary Suman Dubey said.

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