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Mr. Lundestad said 36 ambassadors have accepted the invitation to the ceremony and 16 ambassadors have not yet replied. Some of them have asked for more time to decide, he said.

The Chinese Embassy has returned all Nobel correspondence unopened, he added.

Russian Embassy spokesman Vladimir Isupov said the Russian ambassador would not be in Norway at the time of the award ceremony. “It is not politically motivated, and we do not feel we are pressured by China,” he said.

Besides the award ceremony, the peace prize program includes a banquet on Dec. 10 and a concert held in the laureate’s honor the next day.

Organizers said Thursday the concert will be co-hosted by actors Anne Hathaway and Denzel Washington and feature performances by Barry Manilow, Jamiroquai, A.R. Rahman and Elvis Costello among others.

Associated Press writer Gillian Wong in Beijing contributed to this report.