Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Friday won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with FARC even though a a peace treaty his government had signed with the rebels fell through.
“This honourable distinction is not for me, it’s for all the victims of the conflict. Together we’ll win the most important award of them all: peace,” Santos said on Twitter.
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 7, 2016
The prize, announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, puts pressure on both conservative critics and leftist rebels to find a way forward after the shocking defeat of the accord in an Oct. 2 referendum.
Farc leader Timochenko also congratulated the President on Twitter. He said: “I congratulate President Juan Manuel Santos, Cuba and Norway, who sponsored the process, and Venezuela and Chile, who assisted it, without them, peace would be impossible.”
Santos has promised to revive the peace plan even though Colombians, in a referendum on Sunday, narrowly rejected the accord. Many voters believed it was too lenient on the FARC guerrillas