Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a 52-year-old war with Marxist rebels, a surprise choice and a show of support after Colombians rejected a peace accord last Sunday. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos wins the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a 52-year-old war with Marxist FARC rebels. The Norwegian Nobel Committee made the announcement, Friday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIR OF NOBEL COMMITTEE, KACI KULLMANN FIVE, SAYING: "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. A war that had cost... has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to 6 million people." The award excluded FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londono, who signed a peace accord with Santos on Sept. 26. Santos has vowed to push ahead with the plan, even though Colombians narrowly rejected it in a referendum. Many voters believed it was too lenient on the FARC guerrillas. The results of the vote, says the Nobel Committee, has created uncertainty for Colombia's future and there is still a danger the civil war will flare up again. But Santos has said the Nobel award WILL help further his nation's peace process.