> Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the victims of Columbia's war. President Juan Manuel Santos a surprise win on Friday. He'd dropped off the list of favorites, after Colombians voted no last weekend. To a peace deal he brokered to end the 52-year conflict with Marxist FARC rebels.
But he has promised to revive the plan, which voters reckoned was too lenient towards the FARC guerrillas. So this is clearly intended as a show of support, as Reuters' Alister Doyle reports in Oslo. The home of the prestigious prize.>> So the committee now hopes that Santos and rebel leader Timochenko, Rodrigo Londono, who have both said that they will keep up their peace efforts, that this will be an extra spur to get the whole problem solved.
Pundits had expected to Timochenko to share the gong. But that might have stirred anger in Colombia during tense times following the referendum. The FARC leader congratulated Santos, tweeting that the only price he wanted was a just peace. More than 220,000 people have been killed on the battlefield or in massacres during the war.
This isn't the first noble at encouraging a peace process, Vietnam, Northern Ireland and the Israelis and Palestinians were other examples.>> The prize sometimes has drifted into new areas in recent years, such as into environmentalism and climate change. But this is taking it way back to it's roots of people sitting down and trying to reduce their armed conflicts.
>> Nobel favorites this year included the Pope, Greek Islanders who saved boat loads of marooned migrants, and Syria's white helmet rescuers.