Leaders congratulate Colombian president for Nobel prize

Leaders, rights activists and past Nobel laureates from Latin America and the world weighed in early on the news that Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to help end the long-running conflict in his country.

___

"I congratulate President Santos for the Nobel. I hope it leads to a change in the accords that are damaging for our democracy." -- Santos' arch rival and predecessor, Combian conservative hardliner Alvaro Uribe.

___

"This is an extraordinary stage for Colombia in its intense search for peace. Santos now has a lot to do to take Colombians down the path of peace." -- Guatemalan indigenous rights activist Rigoberta Menchu, who won the Nobel in 1992.

___

"This award says to them: you have come too far to turn back now. The peace process should inspire our world." -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, on what this year's Nobel Peace Prize means for Colombians.

___

"We hope today's announcement will embolden the parties to continue efforts to reach a definitive peace agreement that ensures the right of victims to truth, justice and reparation and brings an end to the human rights violations that have marked the armed conflict." -- Salil Shetty, Amnesty International's Secretary General.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."