Kerry congratulates OPCW for winning Nobel Peace Prize

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Friday for winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

Kerry said the Nobel Committee rightly acknowledged the resolve and bravery of the OPCW in carrying out a vital mission in Syria amidst an ongoing military conflict.

"The world will never forget the loss of the more than 1,000 innocent Syrians senselessly killed with chemical weapons on Aug. 21," Kerry said. "There could be no more stark reminder why for almost 100 years, the international community has deemed the use of these weapons far beyond the bounds of acceptable conduct. Since that horrific attack, the OPCW has taken extraordinary steps and worked with unprecedented speed to address this blatant violation of international norms that shocked the conscience of people around the world."

In the last few weeks, the international community came together at the U.N. and the OPCW to establish the path toward eliminating Syria's chemical weapons program. OPCW inspectors recently arrived in Syria to take the first steps toward ridding the country of its chemical weapons forever.

Kerry went on to highlight the need for the international community to step up to end the conflict in Syria.

"On this occasion, I am also particularly mindful of the more than 100,000 Syrians lost in this bloody conflict, and the need for the entire international community to redouble our effort to bring it to an end and give peace-loving Syrians a country to return to, free of carnage," Kerry said.