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Nobel Prize a tribute to the Colombian people, committee says. President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the 2016 Peace Prize, Friday, following his endeavours to reconcile peace with FARC rebels and the government. The Nobel Committee considered 376 candidates, the highest number in the Prize’s history. “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 the peace process,” they said in a statement.

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Nobel Prize a tribute to the Colombian people, committee says

Published on Saturday, 8th October, 2016 at 12:33 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 8th October 2016 at 12:44.

President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the 2016 Peace Prize, Friday, following his endeavours to reconcile peace with FARC rebels and the government.

Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo
Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo
Photo: © 2005-2007 Bjørn Erik Pedersen/W. Commo


The Nobel Committee considered 376 candidates, the highest number in the Prize’s history.

“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 the peace process,” they said in a statement.

A 52-year history of violent conflict between the guerrilla left-wing party and the Colombian government has resulted in some 220,000 deaths.

Recent events include 2012’s bomb attack in the southern Putumayo province which caused an oil spill from a new section of pipeline. It took place during peace negotiations between both parties.

The government said the attack was the worst environmental disaster in the country’s history.

President Santos and FARC leader Timoleón Jiménez had signed a deal for peace after four years of negotiations.

Norway, as hosts of the negotiations, had played an important role in the diplomatic process, leading the peace talks alongside Cuba. These first took place in Oslo in 2012.

The peace deal failed this month, however, following its rejection by the Colombian People. 50.2 per cent voted “no” at the national referendum, held on 2nd October.

The FARC would have received 10 seats in the Colombian Congress between 2018 and 2022 if the vote had been sanctioned.

Head of the Norwegian diplomatic team, Dag Nylander, was involved in the negotiations between the two parties.

He commented to the BBC in an interview that “did we get a solid, well thought-through peace agreement in the end? Absolutely. And I think that is the important thing."

President Santos, now aged 65, was born to a rich family in Colombia. He had been re-elected in 2012 for another four-year term following a close 51 per cent win against the right-wing party lead by Óscar Iván Zuluaga.

The Colombian President co-founded the Social Party of National Unity in 2005. His campaign had focused heavily on tackling issues in connection the FARC such as land reform, drug trafficking, and political participation. These were the issues the peace treaty would have dealt with.

Journalists posed several questions to Karin Cecilie "Kaci" Kullmann Five, chairwoman of the Nobel Prize Committee, at Friday’s Peace Prize announcement in Oslo.

One journalist enquired why the Committee chose not to divide the prize between the parties of the peace process.

“There are many parties in this peace process and the announcement text I just read to you shows very clearly that President Santos has been taking the very first and historic initiative,” answered Ms Kullmann Five.

“There have been other attempts to reach peace deals in Colombia but this time he went, let me put it, all in. And he, as he leader of the government, went all in with a strong will to reach a result. This is why we have placed emphasis on the President of Colombia. But remember, he’s also the head of state of Colombia,” she added.

Another reporter asked if giving the Peace Prize to President Juan Manuel Santos was now not slightly disrespectful to the democracy of the country following rejection of the deal.

“No. On the contrary, we clearly show that we of course respect the democratic process and the democratic vote of the Colombian people. But the people of Colombia did not say no to peace, they said no to this particular agreement,” stated Karin Cecilie "Kaci" Kullmann Five.

“There’s now a process happening regarding opening a dialogue with all other parties in Colombian society [in order] to try to move the process forward. This is extremely important in order to avoid that the civil war flares up again,” she explained.

FARC leader Timoleón Jiménez took to Twitter “to 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.”

In response to winning, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated that “this honourable distinction is not for me, it's for all the victims of the conflict. Together we will win the most important prize of all: PEACE!”



Published on Saturday, 8th October, 2016 at 12:33 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 8th October 2016 at 12:44.

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





  
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