The 2016 Nobel Peace Prize was on 7 October 2016 awarded toColombian 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 took away the lives of at least 220000 Colombians and displaced nearly six million people.
President Juan Manuel Santos’s role in Columbian War
• President Santos initiated the negotiations that culminated in the peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas as he consistently sought to move the peace process forward.
• The accord was controversial, however he was instrumental in ensuring that Colombian voters were able to voice their opinion concerning the peace accord in a referendum.
• The outcome of the vote was not what President Santos wanted as a narrow majority of the over 13 million Colombians voted against the accord.
• Despite the “No” majority vote in the referendum, President Santos brought the bloody conflict significantly closer to a peaceful solution.
• His endeavours to promote peace thus fulfil the criteria and spirit of prize.