16:01 Oct. 7, 2016
Juan Manuel Santos was awarded for his efforts to end the country's 52-year-long civil war
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was announced a winner of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end."
"The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace. And to all the parties who have contributed to this peace process. This tribute is paid not least to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement.
In particular, the Committee praised Juan Manuel Santos for his peace agreement with FARC rebels, signed last month after four years of negotiations.
However, the accord did not pass the national referendum last weekend. Results showed 50.2% of Colombians rejected the deal while 49.8% favoured it.
The war in Colombia has cost the lives of at least 220,000 people and displaced close to 6 million.