October 7, 2016 6:21 AM EDT

The Nobel Committee awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos for his efforts to end a 52-year conflict with the left-wing FARC guerrillas.

Although his efforts were hampered when Colombians narrowly rejected the peace accord in a shock Oct. 2 referendum result, the Norwegian committee recognized Santos for his consistent work towards ending one of the longest civil conflicts in recent history.

Here’s the committee’s full citation on the 65-year-old head of state:

Read the full statement on their website here

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