Nobel peace prize 2016: Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announced as winner

October 7, 2016
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The peace and prosperity in the country are the priorities for any head of state. Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Prize in 2016, he was announced as a winner his contribution to the keeping the peace in Colombia.

President Santos and his diplomatic efforts that he consistently exerted, were crowned by the success–the civil war in Colombia was ended, FARC rebel made a peace accord with the government.

The Nobel committee has a long track record of rewarding people when the job is half done, to encourage them to finish. From nuclear inspectors in 2005 and the UN climate panel to the Tunisians last year, the tactic often seems to be to use recognition to reanimate flagging processes.

Kaci Kullmann Five, chair of the Norwegian Nobel committee, announces the 2016 Nobel peace prize laureate. Photograph: Heiko Junge/AFP/Getty Images
Kaci Kullmann Five, chair of the Norwegian Nobel committee, announces the 2016 Nobel peace prize laureate. Photograph: Heiko Junge/AFP/Getty Images

A peace deal between FARC and Colombian government is a great result, which may bring a certainty as to the future of Colombia. However, there is a real danger that the peace process will come to a halt and that civil war will flare up again. This makes it even more important that the parties headed by President Santos and FARC guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño continue to respect the ceasefire, say the political observers.

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