German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Seoul Peace Prize, that comes with a 200-thousand dollar reward, for her leading role in the integration of Europe.
In an acceptance speech in Berlin on Wednesday, Merkel said that she is aware that the award is a recognition of her efforts for European integration and reconciliation between Germany and its neighboring countries. She said the prize is a great gift for Germany and the rest of Europe.
Merkel also criticized North Korea for threatening its neighbors with continuous nuclear and missile provocations. She also accused the Syrian government of committing crimes against humanity while pointing out factors that threaten international peace.
The delivery of the award came more than two years after the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation announced Merkel as the 12th winner of the prize in September 2014, praising her for diplomatic works aimed at promoting the dignity of humanity, human rights issues and global peace.
According to the German government, Merkel had wanted to receive the award in Seoul, but as her plan to visit South Korea has not been realized, the foundation arranged the belated award ceremony at the request of the German chancellor's office.
Established in 1990 to honor the spirit of the Seoul Olympics, the award is given every two years to a person who contributes to world peace.
Source: KBS World Radio