09.10.2009 15:55

U.S. President Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for
giving the world "hope for a better future" and striving for nuclear

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for "his extraordinary
efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between

The laureate - chosen by a five-member committee - wins a gold medal,
a diploma and 10m Swedish kronor ($1.4m).

The committee highlighted Mr Obama's efforts to support international
bodies and promote nuclear disarmament.

"Very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the
world's attention and given its people hope for a better future,"
the committee said in a citation.

"His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead
the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are
shared by the majority of the world's population."

Asked why the prize had been awarded to Mr Obama less than a year after
he took office, Nobel committee head Thorbjoern Jagland said: "It was
because we would like to support what he is trying to achieve". "It
is a clear signal that we want to advocate the same as he has done,"
he said.

He specifically mentioned Mr Obama's work to strengthen international
institutions and work towards a world free of nuclear arms, the
BBC reported.