President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for his pursuance of a deal to end a 52 year war conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government. Even though the first push to finalize the peace agreement was denied by the people, it is a step in the right direction to obtain peace. Santos dedicated the prize to his fellow Colombians and requested “No voters” of the peace deal to aid him in securing an end to all hostilities.
“I invite everyone to join our strength, our minds and our hearts in this great national endeavor so that we can win the most important prize of all: peace in Colombia,” he said alongside his wife during his first public appearance since the Nobel announcement.
Many scholars applauded his effort in ending the 52 year war, the Norwegian Nobel Committee saluted him “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.” Chairwoman “Kaci” Kullmann Five said, “the committee hopes that the peace prize will give him strength to succeed in this demanding task,” she said. “Further, it is the committee’s hope that in the years to come, the Colombian people will reap the fruits of the reconciliation process.”
Excitement among Colombian Residents
“I congratulate President Santos for the Nobel,” said Álvaro Uribe, Mr. Santos’s predecessor as president, who led the campaign against the deal. “I want him to lead to change these peace accords that are damaging to democracy.” Supporters of peace have been reassured as the president receives the Nobel Peace Prize. “This has given us a boost to push us to keep working for peace,” Silvia Berrocal, the leader of a group backing the deal, said on a radio station this morning.