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The Foreigner Nobel Peace Prize “a gift from heaven”. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos made his remark in his acceptance speech, Saturday, using it to discuss the war on drugs. Santos received a standing ovation as he dedicated the award to all Colombians and paid tribute to victims and families of his country’s 52-year-long war. The death toll has been over 260,000 people. Representatives of the victim’s present were asked to stand and to be recognised for their efforts in encouraging peace, as “the victims are the ones who are most willing to forgive, to reconcile and to face the future with a heart free of hate.”

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Nobel Peace Prize “a gift from heaven”

Published on Tuesday, 13th December, 2016 at 01:18 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos made his remark in his acceptance speech, Saturday, using it to discuss the war on drugs.



Santos received a standing ovation as he dedicated the award to all Colombians and paid tribute to victims and families of his country’s 52-year-long war. The death toll has been over 260,000 people.

Representatives of the victim’s present were asked to stand and to be recognised for their efforts in encouraging peace, as “the victims are the ones who are most willing to forgive, to reconcile and to face the future with a heart free of hate.”

Santos spoke during the ceremony in Oslo of how the war on drugs must be approached with a new tactic.

A peace deal with rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) had been reached earlier this year.

However, the initial deal was rejected by 50.2% of Columbian voters in the referendum just days before the Nobel Peace Prize announcement in October.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee did not rule Santos out of winning this year’s prize, though.

“I have served as a leader in times of war, to defend the freedom and the rights of the Columbian people,” said Santos, “and I have served as a leader in times of making peace. Allow me to tell you, from my own experience, that it is much harder to make peace than to wage war.”

The Colombian President has said he plans to donate the prize money of 8 million kroner ($930,000) to victims of the conflict.  

Other Awards

Nobel Prizes in literature, the sciences, and economics were awarded at a separate ceremony in Stockholm. This year’s laureates are:

  • Literature: Songwriter Bob Dylan won the prize for literature for his song-writing as “worthy of a place beside the Romantic visionaries.”
  • Physics: David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz for research on superconductors and other matter.
  • Chemistry: Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Fraser Stoddart and Bernard Feringa for work on tiny molecular machines.
  • Medicine: Yoshinori Ohsumi for discoveries to autophagy, with links to diseases including Parkinson’s and cancer.
  • Economics: Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom for their contributions to contract theory.


Published on Tuesday, 13th December, 2016 at 01:18 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.

This post has the following tags: nobelpeaceprize, oslo, farc, peace, war, paywall.





  
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