Friday, October 15, 1999 Published at 12:57 GMT 13:57 UK
MSF wins Nobel Peace Prize
MSF workers helped victims of Turkey's recent earthquake
The international humanitarian organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.
"We are very pleased and very honoured," he told BBC News Online.
The prize includes a cash award of about $960,000.
"With this amount of money," Mr Kinderman added, "we will work more for forgotten populations, which is the more difficult situation to get funds for."
The French-based organisation was founded in Paris in 1971. It is renowned for its presence in the world's war zones, with volunteers regularly working in great personal danger.
The organisation has won acclaim for its work during the war in Biafra in the 1970s, and in conflicts in Nicaragua, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Rwanda.
Its workers are currently involved in relief operations in East Timor and Kosovo.
MSF members are often the last aid workers to leave war zones.
The nearly $1m cash attached to the Nobel Prize is welcome, MSF Secretary General Kindermans said. But since it was less than 1% of MSF's annual budget, the honour and prestige was clearly more important.
The five-member Nobel Prize committee made the decision at its last meeting on 29 September but kept the decision secret until the announcement on Friday.
The announcement was made in the Norwegian capital Oslo.
A foreign ministry spokesperson said the nominations of Wei Jingsheng and Wang Dan made a "mockery of the prize" and was a "flagrant interference in China's internal affairs".
Last year's prize was shared by the leading Northern Ireland Protestant and Roman Catholic politicians, David Trimble and John Hume.