San­tos wins No­bel Peace Prize for ef­forts to end con­flict

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Colom­bian Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos won the No­bel Peace Prize on Fri­day for his ef­forts to end Latin Amer­ica’s long­est-run­ning armed con­flict, an honor that came just five days after vot­ers dealt him a stun­ning blow by re­ject­ing a peace deal with left­ist rebels.

The Nor­we­gian No­bel Com­mit­tee praised San­tos for his “res­o­lute” at­tempts to stop a civil war that has killed more than 200,000 Colom­bians and dis­placed mil­lions since the 1960s. But in a de­par­ture from its tra­di­tion of hon­or­ing both sides of a peace process, the five-mem­ber com­mit­tee con­spic­u­ously left out San­tos’ coun­ter­part, rebel leader Ro­drigo Lon­dono, from the honor.

San­tos, 65, ded­i­cated the prize to his fel­low Colom­bians, es­pe­cially vic­tims of the bloody con­flict, and said it re­dou­bles his com­mit­ment to end­ing hos­til­i­ties.

San­tos said he would con­tinue work­ing to­ward that goal for the rest of his life.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.