Nobel Peace Prize for Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos
October 7th, 2016 at 4:45 pm
Nobel Peace Prize for Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos

International desk – 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 in his country.

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 in a statement.

“The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people,” she added.

Juan Manuel Santos was born in Bogota on 10 August, 1951 in an influential family. He is married and has two sons and a daughter.

He was elected Colombian president in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

Santos served as as defence minister from 2006 until 2009

The peace deal was rejected by 50.2 per cent of voters who went to the polls on 2 October. Despite the result, Santos vowed to continue with talks with the rebels.

Government negotiators have already returned to the Cuban capital Havana for further discussions with Farc leaders.

Critics, led by former president Alvaro Uribe, said the deal was too lenient to the rebels.