Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Friday received the Nobel Peace Prize for putting an end to a 50 year conflict with Marxist guerrillas of the Farc.
A lot offered congratulations and others disappointed. Colombia voted to reject the deal in a referendum on Oct. 2, however, Santos was seen as an unlikely choice to win.
The Nobel committee said it hoped the prize would ‘give him strength to succeed in this difficult task.’
Head of FARC, Rodrigo Londoño, who negotiated the peace deal along with Santos, was among many to congratulate Santos.
Felicito al presidente Juan Manuel Santos, a garantes Cuba y Noruega, acompañantes Venezuela y Chile sin los cuales seria imposible la Paz— Timoleón Jiménez (@Timochenko_FARC) October 7, 2016
Peace always requires partners. Strange choice by Nobel committee to give peace prize to a single individual https://t.co/nU8I783jcM— Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass) October 8, 2016
Others expressed their disappointments.
I don’t get this Nobel Peace Prize for Juan Manuel Santos. It’s, like, “well, you tried, A for effort!— Felix Salmon (@felixsalmon) October 7, 2016