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Past Recipients of the Peace Prize 2014 -1984

The White Helmet 2016

Malala Yousafzai 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry 2015

Ban Ki Moon 2014

Richard Haass 2012

Former President Mary McAleese

Senator Martin McAleese 2011

Senator Edward Kennedy

US ambassador to Ireland Jean Kennedy Smith 2009

Dr. Sima Samar 2010

Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, the late Benazir Bhutto 2007

Cluster Munition Coalition 2008

Former Prime Minster of Lebanon, the late Rafic Hariri 2005

Lord Robin Eames 2006

The Late Margaret Hassan 2004

Mayor Rudy Giuliani & New York City Fire Department 2011

U.S Senator, George Mitchell 1999

Mr. John O'Shea 2003

Former U.S. President,

Bill Clinton 2000

Ms Adi Roche 1997

Sr. Ethel Normoyle 1996

Dr. Martin Mansergh,

Rev. Roy Magee & Fr. Alex Reid 1995

Mona Juul & Terje Larsen 1993

Mr Geoff Loane 1992

Mr. Peter Brooke 1990

Former South African President Nelson Mandela 1989

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev 1988

Senator Gordon Wilson 1987

Mr Barry McGuigan 1986

Sir Bob Geldof 1985

The Late Sean McBride 1984

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón

Former President of Colombia and Nobel Peace Laureate

 will receive the

2017 International Peace Award

Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, is to receive the 2017 Tipperary (Ireland) International Peace Award. “As President Santos prepares to step down as President of Colombia after 8 years in Office, it is appropriate to recognise the President’s efforts and tremendous vision to bring peace to his country through an agreement that, after almost 5 years of talks, put an end to more than 50 years of fighting, and has seen some 10,000 former fighters disarm and begin to enter civilian life and 10 former FARC leaders take their seats in Congress. After the initial peace deal with FARC was rejected in a referendum, President Santos returned to the drawing board and showed enormous courage and commitment by persevering with the negotiations which ensured the drafting and signing of a new deal that was subsequently ratified by Congress. President Santos leaves Colombia a much better and decidedly more peaceful country than when he assumed office and without doubt history will judge him kindly for his efforts”.

 

Responding to the news of his selection, President Santos issued the following statement; “I was pleased to make an official visit to Belfast in November 2016, a couple of weeks before the Colombian Peace Agreement came into effect. Ireland has been and continues to be an inspiration for countries trying to pursue their own peace processes. Certainly, the success of the Northern Ireland peace process is a constant reminder of what is possible.

 

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