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Reaction on President Santos’ Nobel Peace Prize

Reaction on President Santos’ Nobel Peace PrizeColombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the award of the Nobel Peace Prize would help further the peace process in the Latin American country, the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said on Friday.

"He was overwhelmed. He was very grateful. He said it was of invaluable importance to further the peace process in Colombia," Olav Njoelstad told Norwegian state broadcaster NRK after having spoken to the Colombian leader by phone.

President Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016 on Friday.

Santos was awarded the prestigious prize "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end", said Kaci Kullmann Five, chairwoman of the The Norwegian Nobel Committee.

In an audio interview posted on the Nobel Foundation Facebook account, Santos said he was deeply honoured by the prize, which he dedicated to the people of his country.

"I receive this with great emotion," he said.

"This is a great, great recognition for my country. I am eternally grateful,” Santos added.

"I receive this award in their name: the Colombian people who have suffered so much in this war," Santos concluded.

Following the committee's announcement, FARC leader Timoleon Jimenez, who was left out of the 2016 award, said that he only wants peace and not a Nobel Prize.

"The only prize to which we aspire is that of peace with social justice for a Colombia without paramilitarism, without retaliation on lies," he wrote on his personal Twitter account after the award went only to Santos.
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