Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Indonesian president says any Nobel prize for Aceh peace should be shared w/ ILC

Okay, okay. SBY did not mention me. He could have, but I won't hold it against him if he can at least get me tickets to the award's presentation and dinner with the King and Queen of Norway, etc.. And I'd love to be able to bring Erica Campbell as my guest...

The story is here: Indonesian president says any Nobel prize for Aceh peace should be shared.

Of course, there is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Aceh doesn't fall back into conflict after the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded. Economic integration of those in the areas known for support of the rebels, adjacent to but not impacted by the tsunami and associated international relief-fueled economy, will be key, as will be long term assessments and sustainable development ofthe natural resources, conservation of the forest, development of eco- and cultural- tourism, and resistance to any more Bush and Wolfowitz inspired plans to expland the GWOT to include this and other regional conflicts (e.g. Southern Thailand, piracy, Burma)

Technorati Tags: Nobel Peace Prize, Aceh, peace

Update: I always get confused by these Nobel Prize thingys. I guess the dinner would be with the Swedes (which is what I always tried to prepare and coach my family for, but they have horrible manners at the table, so Erica is a much better choice).

I also make a much better choice for sharing the prize with than the cast of thousands that SBY proposes in the article ("Yudhoyono said dividing the award between Ahtisaari, himself, the former guerrillas, the negotiators, the Indonesian security forces, the peace monitors and local parliamentarians and religious leaders would be best.") Mostly because I will commit to spending the bulk of my share in finishing the task at hand (80% or so in or for Aceh, the remainder in European discos?) but also because the Nobel rules allow for only a three way split - so, SBY, Hasan di Tiro, and myself would work, while the more generous suggestion for sharing credit does not):

The Nobel Prize Amount
The Nobel Prize for 2006 is SEK 10 million (over USD 1 million) per full Nobel Prize. Until 1968, in principle more than three persons could share a Nobel Prize, but this never happened in practice. The previous wording of paragraph 4 of the Statutes governing the Nobel Prize was: "A prize may be equally divided between two works, each of which may be considered to merit a prize. If a work which is to be rewarded has been produced by two or more persons together, the prize shall be awarded to them jointly." In 1968 this section was changed to read that "In no case may a prize be divided between more than three persons."

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