Colombia’s Juan Santos receives Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize of 2016 at a ceremony in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.

“It is much more difficult to achieve peace than to wage war,” Santos said in a speech after receiving the prize.

“The real prize is the peace in Colombia.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee decided to award the prize to Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to an end.

The war has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people.

Santos was named peace prize laureate on October 7, just four days after the people in Colombia in a referendum narrowly rejected a peace deal his government had reached with the FARC.

Al Jazeera will be talking exclusively to the Colombian president at 17:00GMT. Watch the interview live here.

Despite the outcome, Santos concluded “all wanted peace”, he said at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo.

“Four days later the Nobel Prize award was announced, and it came like a gift from heaven because it gave us a tremendous push,” he said on Friday.

“People in Colombia interpreted it as a mandate from the international community to persevere.”

The recipients of the Nobel prizes for medicine, physics, chemistry and economics are also to receive their awards.

The ceremonies for these prizes will be held in the Swedish capital of Stockholm.

Source: AlJazeera

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