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WARSAW---Nobel Peace Prize
laureates called on world leaders
yesterday to bring about the "uni-
versal, legal and verifiable elimi-
nation of nuclear weapons."
The statement, which came at
the end of a three-day annual gath-
ering of peace prize winners, also
called for peaceful solutions to
armed conflicts in Syria and else-
The winners---seven individual
winners along with representatives
of some organisations who have
won the prize---met in Warsaw this
year to mark 30 years since Lech
Walesa won the peace prize for lead-
ing the Solidarity movement, which
helped topple communism in
Walesa, who recently turned 70
and was a looming presence during
the gathering, was Poland s presi-
dent from 1990-95.
Other laureates who attended
included Shirin Ebadi of Iran, the
Dalai Lama and former South
African President FW de Klerk.
Hundreds of other peace activists
from around the world also took
A special guest was actress
Sharon Stone, who was awarded for
her work to fight HIV and Aids.
The laureates statement called
for non-violence and peaceful
methods to end instability and con-
flict in the world.
It said the main threats to
humanity are a "destabilised climate,
polluted oceans, denuded forests,
violent conflicts, nuclear, biological
and chemical weapons and war."
It also said that "nuclear weapons
are an existential threat to humanity
and must never be used again."
The laureates called on the Chi-
nese government to release jailed
dissident writer Liu Xiaobo, also a
Nobel Peace Prize winner.
The meetings were initiated by
former Soviet leader Mikhail Gor-
bachev in 2000. Gorbachev did not
attend this year for health reasons.
Next year s meeting will be held
in Cape Town, South Africa. (AP)
US actress Sharon Stone showing a victory sign, former Polish President Lech Walesa, centre, and the Dalai Lama
hold hands during the Nobel Peace laureates summit in Warsaw Poland, yesterday. Stone was awarded in
recognition of her activities against HIV and Aids. AP PHOTO
Nobel laureates call for end to nuclear weapons
TEHRAN---Iran has decided to spare
the life of a convicted drug trafficker
who regained consciousness from a
coma after surviving a hanging, media
reports quoting top judicial officials
The reports follow calls from within
Iran and appeals from international
rights groups against the man, who
was found alive in a morgue, facing
execution for a second time.
"The convict who survived (the death
penalty) will not be executed again,"
Justice Minister Mostafa Pour-Moham-
madi said late Tuesday in remarks
reported by the official IRNA news
"After putting much effort to prevent
the second execution of this convict,
we have received a positive response,"
he said without elaborating.
Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Lar-
ijani appeared to confirm the stay of a
Larijani said he was "for the proposal
of pardoning the individual from the
execution sentence to one degree lower,"
suggesting the convict, identified only
as Alireza M, may be jailed for life
Iran has one of the world s highest
execution rates, with more than 500
cases last year and almost the same
number so far this year, according to
human rights watchdogs.
Alireza M, 37, was arrested three
years ago for carrying one kilogramme
(2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine and
was given the death penalty.
The sentence was carried out earlier
this month, with the attending doctor
pronouncing him dead after hanging
for 12 minutes from a noose suspended
from a crane at a jail in northeast Iran.
The next day, staff at the mortuary
in the city of Bojnourd, where his
shrouded body was taken, found he
was still breathing. He was later report-
ed to have fallen into a coma.
Tehran says the death penalty is
essential to maintain law and order,
and that it is applied only after exhaus-
tive judicial proceedings.
Murder, rape, armed robbery, drug
trafficking and adultery are among the
crimes punishable by death in Iran,
based on its interpretation of sharia
law in force since its 1979 Islamic rev-
Iran to spare life of hanging survivor
The next day, staff at the
mortuary in the city of
Bojnourd, where his shrouded
body was taken, found he was
still breathing. He was later
reported to have fallen into a
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