The Nobel peace prize for the year 2016 was awarded to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. As stated in the decision of the Nobel Committee, published on the official website, it was awarded for the achievement of a truce in a match that lasted more than 50 years of civil war.
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the Nobel peace prize for the year 2016 Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his determined efforts, which ended the lasted more than 50 years of civil war that claimed the lives of at least 220 thousand Colombians and forced to flee their homes and about six million people”, – stated in the message.
“Knowing that peace with the rebels is a controversial issue, he (Santos. – Approx. NEWSru.com) played an important role in providing opportunities for citizens of Colombia to Express their opinion on the matter in a referendum. The outcome of the vote was not the same as waiting for President Santos: the majority of Colombians voted against it. This result creates great uncertainty about the future of Colombia.
There is a real danger that the peace process has stalled and that a civil war will flare up again. In this regard, it is very important that the parties led by President Santos and the guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño continued to observe the ceasefire regime”, – have added in Committee.
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