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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has been awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts towards achieving a peaceful resolution to his country’s more than 50-year civil war. President Santos was instrumental in negotiations which lead to the peace accord between the FARC and the Colombian government earlier. While the Colombian people ultimately rejected the accord in a national plebiscite, the President’s commitment towards an ongoing peace process has not wavered. The Nobel Peace Prize is wonderful recognition of the difficult balance Preside Santos he has sought to strike between national reconciliation, and justice for the many victims of the war. It is also encouragement to the people of Colombia to remain resilient in their pursuit of lasting peace.
Among the delegation receiving the Prize on 10 December 2016 was Manuel Jose Cepeda, President of the International Association of Constitutional Law. Cepeda was a member of the Colombian Commission that helped negotiate the Transitional Justice Agreement in December 2015. He served as a justice on the Constitutional Court of Colombia from 2001 to 2009 and was president of the Court from June 2005 to April 2006.