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In this Sept. 21, 2015 photo, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos talks in Quito, Ecuador. Santos has announced a surprise trip Wednesday to Cuba for a key meeting with government peace negotiators trying to wrap up talks aimed at ending the country?s long-running conflict. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

Colombia's president won the Nobel Peace Prize. His nation just rejected a peace deal.

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end the decades-long war against FARC rebels. 

Just five days ago, however, voters in Colombia rejected a peace deal between the government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia.


The vote was narrow, according to the New York Times -- 50.2 percent voted against the deal and 49.8 voted in favor.

Depending on who you ask, the war between government and FARC forces started in 1964 or 1966.

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 a just peace.
Nobel Prize Committee

You can read the full statement from the Nobel committee here

Some were upset that a volunteer force in Syria, The White Helmets, didn't win the prize.

The group remained a class act. 

TIME Magazine just put out a cover story about The White Helmets.

And world leaders have so far remained optimistic about peace in Colombia.

WATCH  | A short history of the Nobel Peace Prize. 



The New York Times, CNN & The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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