Officials have revealed the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was announced by the Nobel committee on Friday morning in Oslo as the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.
Santos was rewarded for his efforts to end his country’s long-running civil war with FARC rebels.
The announcement was made just five days after voters in Colombia narrowly defeated a peace deal that Santos’ government had spent years negotiating.
The committee explained it had awarded Santos the prize 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.”
Officials also said: “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.”
The deal drafted by Santos’ administration over the past four years would have ended five decades of war with the former guerrilla group FARC.
Santos’ popularity has suffered over his support of the deal, which critics argued didn’t do enough to punish the rebels.
It’s believed the rebels and the Colombian government, facilitated by international leaders, will have begin talks once again in hopes of creating a new peace deal.
Admitting the outcome “was not what President Santos wanted,” the Nobel Committee acknowledged that he was “instrumental in ensuring that Colombian voters were able to voice their opinion concerning the peace accord in a referendum.”