Santos to donate Nobel prize money to conflict victims

Juan-Manuel-Santos (File) Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that he will donate the money from his Nobel Peace prize to help victims of the 52-year conflict in his country, the media reported.

He was awarded the prize for reaching a peace agreement with the FARC rebel group last month. "Last night, I met with my family and we decided to donate the eight million Swedish krona ($925,000) to the victims," Santos said on Sunday, BBC reported.

The deal (with FARC) was rejected a few days later by Colombian voters in a referendum.

At least 260,000 people have been killed and more than six million internally displaced in Colombia.

Santos made the announcement in the city of Bojaya.

The head of the Nobel committee said on Friday the award recognised the president's 'resolute efforts' to end the conflict.

"The award should also be seen as a tribute to the Colombian people who, despite great hardships and abuses, have not given up hope of justice and peace, and to all the parties who have contributed to the peace process," Kaci Kullman Five added.

Santos said he dedicated the award to 'all victims of the conflict'.

The award did not include the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) leader Timoleon Rodriguez, better known as Timochenko.

He also signed the accord after nearly four years of negotiations between the government and rebel delegates in the Cuban capital, Havana.

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