October 22, 2016

Colombia: Santos awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

From the Committee press release:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220 000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people. 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. This tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the countless victims of the civil war.

Interesting wording: “and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process.” Makes you wonder if Castro and Timochenko would have been awarded along with Santos, had the “yes” vote won the Sunday referendum,

Asked why the committee had not extended the award to other parties to the negotiation, notably the FARC commander in chief, Timoleón Jiménez, Ms. Kullmann Five said the committee never commented on those who did not receive the award.But she said that there “are strong reasons to put a light on the president himself,” and that “his role as president” and “the keeper of the process” had been instrumental is securing a deal.

Santos convinced the Norwegians. He just didn’t convince his own people.

Why is that?

As you may recall, Santos started the negotiations secretly in Cuba, and the agreement he and Timochenko signed essentially gave the FARC everything the FARC wanted.

Read the rest here.

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