Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 for his effort to bring peace to the country instead of fighting against the FARC guerilla.
The Norwegian Nobel committee has talked with Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos, who is overwhelmed over having been awarded the prize.
- This was early in the morning. He was very overwhelmed and very grateful. He said right away that this is invaluable and extremely important for the future peace process in Colombia, said committee secretary Olav Njølstad to NRK.
Njølstad talked to the Colombian president after the committee had announced its decision.
- He sounded very surprised, says Njølstad.
Santos' communications advisor Camilo Granada thinks the award is a recognition of the president's strong will for peace.
- I have not had the opportunity to speak with the president yet. But this is an honor for him and above all for Colombia, says Granada to the Swedish news agency TT.
- This is a personal award, a recognition that the person Juan Manuel Santos took the initiative, sought contact and will continue efforts to achieve peace in Colombia.
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