Speaking (Tuesday) in Oslo, Norway, as Jimmy Carter accepted the Nobel Peace Prize,he said, adopting a principle of preventive war could lead to what he termed "catastrophic consequences." He was apparently referring to a possible U-S-led military campaign against Iraq.
Mr. Carter's only direct reference to Iraq came when he insisted that Baghdad must comply with United Nations resolutions on its weapons programs.
Nobel Committee Chairman Gunnar Berge called Mr. Carter the "best ex-president" the United States has ever had. The Nobel Committee says it chose Mr. Carter for what it calls his lifetime of work for peace, human rights and economic and social development.
While president, Mr. Carter mediated the 1979 Camp David peace accords between Israel and Egypt. He continued to mediate conflicts and lead election monitoring missions throughout the developing world after leaving the White House in 1981.
As is customary, the 12 other Nobel laureates received their prizes in a separate ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden, for their work in economics, physics, chemistry, medicine and literature.