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Colombian Prez JM Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

The award came just days after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace deal

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Oct 7 2016 4:01PM | Updated Date: Oct 7 2016 4:01PM

Colombian Prez JM Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a five-decades-long civil war that killed more than 200,000 people in the South American country.

 

Nobel authorities conspicuously left out his counterpart, Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, from the honor. 

 

The award came just days after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace deal that Santos helped bring about. The committee said that voters' rejection doesn't mean the peace process is dead.

 

"The referendum was not a vote for or against peace. What the `No' side rejected was not the desire for peace, but a specific peace agreement," said the committee declaration.

 

Santos is better known by his nom de guerre Timochenko, signed the peace deal last month, ending a half-century of hostilities.

 

However he had to bear a major setback from the public in the shock vote against the agreement in a referendum six days later.

 

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it believes that Santos, despite the `No' majority vote in the referendum, has brought the bloody conflict significantly closer to a peaceful solution.

 

Award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of peace, and to all the parties who have contributed in the process, said committee.