King Juan Carlos, Carter Given Peace Prize
YAMOUSSOUKRO, Ivory Coast (AP) _ Spanish King Juan Carlos and former President Jimmy Carter received the UNESCO peace prize Tuesday for promoting democracy.
UNESCO director-general Federico Mayor presented the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to the king and to Carter’s son, James Earl Carter III.
The former president did not attend the ceremony, held in the West African country of its namesake for the first time since the prize was created in 1989.
The king was honored for helping Spain make the transition to democracy. Carter was singled out for his international mediation efforts.
The ceremony was held in Yamoussoukro, the political capital of the Ivory Coast and the hometown of Houphouet-Boigny, who died in 1993 after 33 years in power. Previously, the ceremony has been held in Paris.
Past recipients include South African President Nelson Mandela and the slain Israeli prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin.