The committee that selects Nobel Peace laureates has made its decision for 2003, but the result will remain secret until October 10.
The director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute Geir Lundestad said Monday he could give no details of the five-member committee's deliberations.
There were a record 165 nominations for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but observers have seen no particular trend to suggest there is any favorite. The nominees include Pope John Paul II and Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Last year's award went to former U.S. President Jimmy Carter for what the Nobel Institute called his lifetime of work for peace, human rights and economic and social development.