Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday “for his resolute efforts to bring the country’s more than 50-year-long civil war to an end.”
The Nobel committee said the prize “should also been seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of a just peace.”
An accord between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, recently broke down after it did not pass a national referendum. The civil war has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people. Results showed 50.2% opposed the deal; 49.8% favored it.
“The fact that a majority of the voters said ‘No’ to the peace accord does not necessarily mean that the peace process is dead. The referendum was not a vote for or against peace,” the committee said in its citation.
What is it with the Nobel committee awarding their prize to people who have failed to actually bring peace? Good intentions count a lot more than accomplishments, I guess.