Nobel Peace Prize: Santos calls for ‘rethink’ of fight on drugs

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos poses with a endowment and diploma during a Peace Prize awarding rite during a City Hall in Oslo on Saturday Dec. 10, 2016Image copyright

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“From my possess experience… it is many harder to make assent than to salary war,” Santos said

The President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, has used his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance debate to call for a universe to “rethink” a fight on drugs.

He pronounced a zero-tolerance routine competence be “even some-more harmful” than all a other wars being fought worldwide.

Mr Santos’ supervision and a country’s biggest insurgent group, a Farc, sealed a assent understanding final month.

The dispute it ends has killed some-more than 260,000 people and left millions internally displaced.

Accepting a esteem for his efforts in a assent process, Mr Santos paid reverence to a families of victims of a conflict.

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He pronounced a “great paradox” of peacemaking was that “the victims are a ones who are many peaceful to forgive, to determine and to face a destiny with a heart giveaway of hate”, even while “many who have not suffered a dispute in their possess strength are demure to accept peace”.

In a flaw from his prepared remarks, he asked a member of a victims benefaction to mount and be recognized for their possess efforts in a assent process, to many applause.

Media captionWatch Juan Manuel Santos honour victims of a dispute by seeking them to mount adult during his endowment ceremony

“I have served as a personality in times of fight – to urge a leisure and a rights of a Colombian people – and we have served as a personality in times of creation peace,” he said. “Allow me to tell you, from my possess experience, that it is many harder to make assent than to salary war.”

No fight on drugs

Mr Santos pronounced it was “time to change a strategy” on drugs, and that Colombia had “paid a top cost in deaths and sacrifices” in a supposed fight on drugs.

Media captionColombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks to HARDtalk’s Stephen Sackur

The term, coined by US President Richard Nixon some-more than 4 decades ago, refers to US-led efforts to stop drug prolongation during a source. In Latin America this has enclosed on-the-ground policing, and fumigation of coca fields from a air.

“We have dignified management to state that, after decades of fighting opposite drug trafficking, a universe has still been incompetent to control this flay that fuels assault and crime via a tellurian community,” he said.

“It creates no clarity to incarcerate a farmer who grows marijuana, when nowadays, for example, a cultivation and use are authorised in 8 states of a United States.

“The demeanour in that this fight opposite drugs is being waged is equally or maybe even some-more damaging than all a wars a universe is fighting today, combined.”

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Mr Santos (left) and Farc personality Timochenko (right) sealed a strange agreement in June

The Colombian government’s assent understanding with a Farc was struck after many years of negotiations.

It struck a warn jump in Oct this year when 50.2% of electorate deserted it in a referendum.

But operative alongside a no campaigners, a supervision wrote a new deal, that was sealed final month.

Berit Reiss-Andersen, a member of a endowment committee, pronounced a Nobel Peace Prize 2016 was “also dictated as a reverence to a Colombian peace” who had “never given adult wish of a only peace”, and a negotiators and Farc riotous leaders also deserved “thanks and tribute”.

There were many armed groups concerned in decades of dispute in Colombia, including severe insurgent groups and worried paramilitaries. In Oct the supervision announced it would start assent talks with a second-largest insurgent group, a ELN.