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Nobelist quits post with land-mine force

Jody Williams is quitting as coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which apparently has been split since she and the organization shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, according to published reports.

Ego clashes within the coalition of 1,000 groups worldwide are threatening to slow the work for which it won the prize, including its attempts to persuade more countries to ratify the global treaty banning anti-personnel land mines.The campaign's steering committee is meeting in Germany this month to settle issues including how to spend its $500,000 share of the prize and to chart the organization's future now that 122 nations signed the treaty.

Williams' plans to step away from its day-to-day coordination were reported by the Los Angeles Times. Williams, a Vermont native who lives in Virginia, said she will remain with the group.