OSLO — President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev have been nominated for the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize for last year's treaty scrapping medium-range nuclear missiles, Nobel Institute sources said today.
The sources told Reuters that Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, currently the subject of an inquiry into his World War II activities in the German army, is also a nominee for his work while he was U.N. secretary general.
Institute Director Jakob Sverdrup declined to give the names of any candidates, traditionally a closely guarded secret. He said 68 individuals and 19 organizations have been nominated so far. One year comedian Jerry Lewis was nominated for his charity work.
In Moscow, Soviet Foreign Ministry spokesman Gennady Gerasimov, asked about reports that Gorbachev and Reagan had been nominated, said: "This is interesting news. It's an unusual tandem, but politics makes strange bedfellows."