Princess Diana's Family Hails Award

Reuters

The family of Princess Diana, who mounted a high-profile campaign against land mines, said Friday it was delighted that a group fighting to ban the weapons had won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

Diana went to Angola last year to draw attention to the dangers posed by land mines, which are estimated to kill or maim 26,000 people a year. Pictures of the princess comforting badly injured children were beamed around the world.

Her premature death in a Paris car crash in August created a wave of support for the anti-land mine campaign and emboldened the 100 countries which last month produced a text for a global treaty outlawing antipersonnel mines.

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