The Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, has won the Nobel [11 DOWN] prize for his work on a peace [16 DOWN] that was voted down in a referendum this week.
Santos and the leader of the Farc rebel group, Rodrigo Londoño, [5 DOWN] as Timochenko, were both considered leading contenders for the prize after signing the peace deal last month to [21 ACROSS] 52 years of war.
But their chances seemed to have been dealt a fatal [8 ACROSS] by the referendum last Sunday in which a narrow majority of 50.2% to 49.8% – a difference of [1 DOWN] than 54,000 votes out of almost 13m cast – rejected the [13 DOWN].
The Norwegian Nobel [6 DOWN] said it hoped the prize would encourage all [13 ACROSS] to continue working [4 DOWN] peace.
“There is a real [17 ACROSS] that the peace process will come to a [20 ACROSS] and that civil [9 ACROSS] will flare up again. This makes it even [10 ACROSS] important that the parties, headed by President Santos and Farc guerrilla leader Rodrigo Londoño, continue to respect the ceasefire,” [14 DOWN] said the committee chairwoman, Kaci Kullmann Five.
[19 ACROSS] than 38% of the electorate voted on the deal, reached after four [12 ACROSS] of intense negotiations in Havana between the Santos government and Farc, which first [18 DOWN] up against the Colombian state in 1964.
The president, [7 ACROSS] was elected in 2010, had staked his political legacy on negotiating an end to the [15 ACROSS] rebellion, which has so far [3 ACROSS] more than 220,000 lives and displaced more than 6 million people.
The award of the prize to Santos comes as a [2 DOWN] to many Colombians who believed his chances had been scuttled by the rejection of the peace deal.
SOURCE: The Guardian https://goo.gl/XzAW3M