Nobel Peace Prize for Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos

In this photo taken Nov. 6, 2015, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at the rebuilt Palace of Justice in Bogota, Colombia.  The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with the President Santos in February to show support for a potential peace agreement in that country. The meeting on Feb. 4 would come about seven weeks before a deadline in peace talks between Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.  (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
Prez Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels.

The Nobel committee in Norway praised him for his peace agreement with Farc rebels, signed last month after four years of negotiations.

However, Colombians narrowly rejected the deal in a referendum last weekend.

The conflict has killed about 260,000 people have been killed. More than six million have been internally displaced.

“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end,” said committee chairwoman Kaci Kullmann Five.

Mr Santos has vowed to continue with negotiations with the rebels. Critics had said the concessions to the group had gone too far.


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