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    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos poses with the medal and diploma during the Peace Prize awarding ceremony at the City Hall in Oslo, Norway December 10, 2016

    Colombian President Accepts 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for Truce With Farc Rebels

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    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos stated that a Nobel Peace Prize given to him for ending a half-a-century-long war with Farc rebels can be interpreted to Columbians "as a mandate from the international community to persevere, to continue striving to achieve a new peace agreement."

    STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted on Saturday a Nobel Peace Prize for ending a half-a-century-long war with Farc rebels, at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway.

    "It came like a gift from heaven because it gave us a tremendous push. People in Colombia interpreted it as a mandate from the international community to persevere, to continue striving to achieve a new peace agreement," Santos said at a press conference.

    Santos was awarded the prize for negotiating a peace deal with the guerrilla movement that was signed in November. Colombians rejected its first edition by a slim margin at a referendum in October, a few days before their president was announced the Nobel Prize winner.

    Commenting on Santos’s acceptance ceremony, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Colombian authorities not to lose time and to prove to the war-weary nation that the peace with Farc existed not only on paper.


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