Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos awarded Nobel Peace Prize for bid to end half-century conflict

October 7, 2016 11:26 AM

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Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos awarded Nobel Peace Prize for bid to end half-century conflict

BRUSSELS – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a half-century of civil conflict in his nation, despite Colombian voters’ shock rejection of the peace deal just days ago.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it made the decision because of Santos’s landmark efforts to close one of the world’s longest-running conflicts — Marxist rebels battling government forces since the 1960s.

Also read: Colombia's Congress Ratifies Second Peace Deal With Marxist Rebels

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