By Azania Post Reporter and Agencies
PRESIDENT Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia has been awarded 2017 Chatham House for his role in formally ratifying peace agreement in his country.
Speaking soon after he received the award from Prince Andrew of England, Santos insisted that his government would continue to improve peace agreement signed with the former FARC guerrillas.
The peace deal was achieved last year with what was the country’s largest armed guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
State Media quoted the president pointed out that sticking to the peace agreement was a "state promise."
Last year, Santos was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50-year-long civil war to an end."
However, when FARC brokered peace with the government many Colombians called it an “incomplete peace”.
Santos said many had to be convinced that there was never a perfect peace agreement and that the deal was the best way.
In June, FARC finally laid down their weapons after the decades long conflict that killed more than 260,000 victims and displaced 7 million others.
Presidential elections are scheduled for March 2018 and as agreed upon in last year's peace accord FARC will receive five seats each in the Senate and Congress. This cements the group’s evolution from a military to a political force.