Source: News Bharati English10 Oct 2016 12:50:52
Bogota, October 10: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos declared on Sunday that he would donate his Nobel Peace Prize money to victims of the 52-year-old conflict in his country, which he was awarded for signing a peace agreement with the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) a rebel group on September 27.
Santos while his visit to Bojaya made this announcement saying that the amount nearly $1 million will be used to fund infrastructure projects in conflict-ridden regions and victims. He has dedicated the award to all the victims of the war.
"You symbolize the suffering of the victims of 52 years of war and are at the centre of the solution to this conflict, I'm not going to give up a single second," he said. More than 96% of Bojaya's residents voted in favour of the peace treaty in the referendum.Though the voters had rejected the peace treaty his government had signed with FARC he will not give up on securing peace with the country's biggest rebel group Farc said Santos speaking to the residents of of Bojaya.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee recognised Santos’s efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war with FARC to an end. The 8 million Swedish kronor ($930,000) award will be given to him in Oslo, Norway, on December 10.
The award did not include the FARC leader Timoleon Rodriguez, better known as Timochenko. After four years of continuous negotiation held by government and rebel delegates in the Havana, this deal was signed.