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Colombian president receives Nobel Prize for peace accord

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos collected the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday for reaching an accord with Marxist rebels.

world Updated: Dec 10, 2016 18:44 IST
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Colombian President,Juan Manuel Santos,Nobel Prize for Peace accord
Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (R) presents his Nobel Peace Prize as Norwegian Nobel Committee member Berit Reiss-Andersen (L) applauds during the award ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2016 in Oslo, Norway. (AFP Photo)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos collected the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday for reaching an accord with Marxist rebels to end a 52-year civil war in which more than 200,000 people have died.

Santos received a gold medal, diploma and a cheque for 8.0 million Swedish crowns ($870,000) at a ceremony in Oslo’s city hall.

The Nobel Committee praised Santos as “a driving force” behind the peace agreement signed last month by the government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

First Published: Dec 10, 2016 18:44 IST