published: 12.10.2012, 18:20 | updated: 12.10.2012 18:45:09
Prague - The granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to the European Union is a tragic mistake, Czech President Vaclav Klaus told journalists today, adding that the award is to go to a particular person, not to a bureaucratic institution.
In his first reaction to the information on the award for the EU today, Klaus said he cannot believe this and that it must be a joke.
"I really thought it is a hoax or a joke. I could not even dream of that this might be serious," Klaus said.
He said the Nobel prize is meaningful if it is granted to "a specifically defined person for a certain unique achievement."
"To give it to an institution, more over to a bureaucratic one in this case, is an empty decoration. I do not know whether someone will dare to take it over at all," Klaus said.
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