The Norwegian International Peace Research Institute (PRIO) suggested Colombia’s senator Piedad Córdoba as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize 2009. The organization put forward ms. Córdoba because of her efforts to liberate hostages of the leftwing guerrilla FARC and her intention to start peace negotiations, according to Colombia’s newspaper El Espectador. It means a great recognition of a woman, who always has been criticized very much and who sees herself confronted with the most powerful man of Colombia, president Álvaro Uribe. The president has shown himself against her mediation because he was afraid of a ‘show’ she and the FARC would make of the liberations. That means however that ever since nobody has been released. Gustavo Moncayo’s son Pablo Emilio, who has spent like 12 years in the jungle, is to be released, but nobody knows when.
Of course Piedad hasn’t won yet and El Espectador writes she has severe competence: Jordan’s prince Ghazi Bin Mohammed, because of his mediation in The Israeli-Palestinian conflict and United Nations special rapporteur in Sudan, Sima Samar.
But it is a step forward and hopefully it means an impulse towards peace.
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