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Colombia president to collect Nobel without rebels in tow

  • Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at the press conference  with  Berit Reiss-Andersen, deputy chair of the Nobel Committee at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Friday Dec. 9, 2016. Santos said that  he has brought no members of the leftist FARC rebel group to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony because he doesn’t want to “create problems” for the Norwegian government. At right is Berit Reiss-Andersen, deputy chair of the Nobel Committee. (Terje Pedersen NTB Scanpix via AP) President Juan Manuel Santos received this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring Colombias more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at the press conference with Berit Reiss-Andersen, deputy chair of the Nobel Committee at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Friday Dec. 9, 2016. Santos said that he has brought no members of the leftist FARC rebel group to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony because he doesn’t want to “create problems” for the Norwegian government. At right is Berit Reiss-Andersen, deputy chair of the Nobel Committee. (Terje Pedersen NTB Scanpix via AP) President Juan Manuel Santos received this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring Colombias more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix  (The Associated Press)

  • Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at the press conference in the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Friday Dec. 9, 2016.Santos said that  he has brought no members of the leftist FARC rebel group to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony because he doesn’t want to “create problems” for the Norwegian government.  (Terje Pedersen NTB Scanpix via AP) President Juan Manuel Santos received this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring Colombias more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix

    Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos speaks at the press conference in the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway, Friday Dec. 9, 2016.Santos said that he has brought no members of the leftist FARC rebel group to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony because he doesn’t want to “create problems” for the Norwegian government. (Terje Pedersen NTB Scanpix via AP) President Juan Manuel Santos received this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to bring Colombias more than 50-year-long civil war to an end. Photo: Terje Pedersen / NTB scanpix  (The Associated Press)

  • Nobel Peace Prize laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, waves upon his arrival at Oslo airport Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.  Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end Colombia's civil war. (Terje Pedersen/NTB scanpix via AP)

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, waves upon his arrival at Oslo airport Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. Santos received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end Colombia's civil war. (Terje Pedersen/NTB scanpix via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says he has brought no members of the leftist FARC rebel group to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony because he doesn't want to "create problems" for the Norwegian government.

Santos told reporters Friday that the rebels, with whom he recently reached a peace agreement, "will be here in heart and spirit."

He said a Spanish lawyer that served as a chief negotiator for FARC would represent the rebels at the ceremony on Saturday.

Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end a conflict which has lasted decades and left more than 200,000 dead. The prize went to him alone and not the FARC, which is still designated as a terrorist group by many countries including the U.S.