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Colombian President Gets Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the 52-year conflict with left-wing rebels. 

The Nobel committee praised him for a peace deal signed with Farc rebels, but rejected by Colombians in a vote.

Mr Santos said he dedicated the award to "all the victims of the conflict", and the Farc leader congratulated him.

About 260,000 people have been killed and more than six million internally displaced in Colombia.

The award did not include Farc leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko, who also signed the accord.

The Nobel committee chairwoman, said it recognised the president's "resolute efforts" to end the conflict.

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, she added.

The President took to his Twitter posting: 

This honorable distinction is not for me, for all the victims of the conflict. Together we will win the prize more important of all: the peace

BBC 


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