Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo, – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the country’s 52-year-long civil war, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Friday.

“President Santos initiated the negotiations that culminated in the peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas, and he has consistently sought to move the peace process forward,” the committee said in a statement.

“The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process,” it added.

The Colombian civil war has claimed the lives of at least 220,000 people and displaced close to six million. In a referendum about the peace agreement, Colombians narrowly voted against the accord and the committee said there is “a real danger that the peace process will come to a halt and that civil war will flare up again” but added that the vote was not for or against peace. “What the ‘No’ side rejected was not the desire for peace, but a specific peace agreement.” “The Nobel Committee hopes that all parties will take their share of responsibility and participate constructively in the upcoming peace talks,” the statement said.

Source: Qatar News Agency