(Brussels, 8th October 2010) Nobel Peace Prize: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, congratulates Liu Xiaobo:

I would like to convey my congratulations to Liu Xiaobo for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2010. The decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is a strong message of support to all those around the world who, sometimes with great personal sacrifice, are struggling for freedom and human rights. These values are at the core of the European Union and the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee highlighted their importance all over the world.

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(Brussels, 8 October 2010) Catherine Ashton, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission made the following statement:

I want to congratulate Liu Xiaobo on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The choice of Nobel Committee reflects Liu Xiaobo’s leading role in calling for democratic and rights-based political reform in China, and I hope he will be able to receive his prize in person.

I am convinced that this award will inspire human rights defenders worldwide. I take this opportunity to recall the firm commitment of the European Union and myself in supporting their efforts.

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