Serbia is among 19 countries that will boycott the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony this Friday (December 10, 2010) in Norway, where Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo will be honored with the award in his absence.
Serbia -- along with Russia and Ukraine -- are the only European countries that have said they will miss the ceremony, according to the Balkan Insight website.
The decision to grant this year's peace prize to the Chinese dissident was met with anger by the authorities in Beijing.
The prize committee praised Mr. Liu for his "long and non-violent struggle" and highlighted its belief in a "close connection between human rights and peace," but the Chinese government dismissed the "interference" in its home affairs.
Neither Liu Xiaobo -- who is currently serving an 11-year prison sentence for "inciting subversion" -- nor his family will be allowed to leave China to attend the ceremony.