The president of Colombia, a graduate of the University of Kansas, has won the Nobel Peace Prize. President Juan Manuel Santos was honored for his efforts to reach a peaceful agreement with the FARC rebels.
The award comes about a week after Colombians narrowly rejected a peace plan in a public vote. Santos says he hopes the award will help to end the decades-long conflict.
“The message is that we have to persevere until we reach the end of this war. We are very, very close. We just need to push a bit further to persevere,” says Santos.
During a visit to KU in 2012, Santos credited his time at the university with teaching him some important lessons about America’s values.
“Your commitment to democratic values, principles like freedom, defense of human rights. That is something that I learned to value here at the University of Kansas,” says Santos.
Santos dedicated the Peace Prize to the citizens of Colombia, especially the victims of the 50-year war.