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Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos accepts Nobel Peace Prize

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos. Credit: APTN

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize at a ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden.

Mr Santos was awarded the prize in October for his efforts to secure a landmark deal with Marxist rebels to end 52 years of conflict.

Colombians narrowly voted 'No' to an agreement Mr Santos signed with Farc rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño, also known as Timochenko, in August.

It included an agreement for both sides to permanently cease hostilities and for rebels to down their weapons.

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth 8 million Swedish crowns (£751,000). Credit: Reuters

Colombians narrowly voted 'No' to an agreement Mr Santos signed with Farc rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño, also known as Timochenko, in August.

It included an agreement for both sides to permanently cease hostilities and for rebels to down their weapons.

Juan Manuel Santos and Farc rebel leader Rodrigo Londoño have an historic handshake. Credit: Reuters
50.2%
opposed the deal with a difference of less than 59,000 votes.

Despite the referendum result, the Nobel committee said Mr Santos was selected as the recipient "to encourage all those who are striving to achieve peace, reconciliation and justice in Colombia".

"The fact that the majority of the voters said no to the peace accord does not necessarily mean that the peace process is dead," committee chair Kaci Kullmann Five, said.

"The referendum was not a vote for or against peace...What the 'No' side rejected was not the desire for peace but a specific peace agreement."

Colombia's conflict with the rebel movement has claimed the lives of an estimated 260,000 people and displaced millions.

President Santos has vowed to revive the peace plan despite the referendum result.