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Colombian Pres Santos: Award helped us reach our destination

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12-11-2016 08:31 BJT

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OSLO, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos received the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday at an awarding ceremony in Oslo, Norway, for his efforts to bring his country's five-decade-long civil war to an end.

At the ceremony held at the Oslo City Hall, Santos received a medal, a personal diploma and prize money of 8 million Swedish crowns (870,000 U.S. dollars).

"The award has been made to President Santos alone. But it is also intended as a tribute to the Colombian people," said Berit Reiss-Andersen, deputy chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, at the ceremony.

Santos initiated the negotiations that culminated in a peace accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's largest rebel group.

"Many groups and individuals have contributed to the peace process and deserve our thanks and tribute today, including tireless negotiators, facilitators, diplomats, politicians and of course, leaders from the government and the FARC guerrillas," Reiss-Andersen said.

"Our tribute is paid, not least, to the representatives of the civil war's victims, several of whom are present here today," she said. "They carry their own painful stories, yet manage to represent other victims as well."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced on Oct. 7 that Santos won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his resolute efforts to bring Colombia's civil war to an end, just four days after a peace agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC was narrowly rejected in a referendum.

However, Santos and FARC leader Rodrigo Londono signed a revised peace agreement in November, in efforts to end the country's half-century conflict, which has left 220,000 people dead, and millions of people homeless.

Both houses of the Colombian Congress have ratified the revised peace agreement.

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