|The European Union flags flutter in front of EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct. 12, 2012. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union on Friday. (Xinhua/Wu Wei)
UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday extended the "sincere congratulations" to the European Union (EU) on its receipt of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
"On behalf of the entire United Nations family, I extend our sincere congratulations to the European Union on its receipt of the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize," Ban said in a statement read to the press at a daily news briefing here by his spokesman Martin Nesirky.
"Today, an indispensable partner to the United Nations has been given a richly-deserved recognition of its accomplishments and its importance in Europe and around the world," the statement said.
The EU was awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize for advancing " peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe," said Thorbjoen Jagland, chairman of the Norweigian Nobel Committee, in Oslo, earlier on Friday.