No­bel Peace Prize for Colom­bia’s pres­i­dent

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

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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