OSLO, Norway – Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is among a record 259 nominees for the Nobel Peace prize.
Santos was nominated for his ability to bring leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to the peace table to discuss how his administration and the country’s largest terrorist group can end a conflict that has spanned nearly 50 years.
The peace prize is one of five awards established by Alfred Nobel, the late Swedish industrialist and inventor, and is presented to recipients who have “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
The winner of the award, which was first presented in 1901, receives US$1.24 million in cash. It will be presented on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death.
The 259 nominees surpassed the then-record of 241 in 2011.
[Reuters (Norway), 04/03/2013; El País (Colombia), 04/03/2013; El Espectador (Colombia), 04/03/2013]