Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez. - Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

1987 - Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez won the 1987 Nobel Peace prize for his role as architect of a peace plan for troubled Central American states, the Oslo-based Nobel committee said. Arias, 46, the youngest-ever president of a tiny country that has had no armed forces since 1948, was a surprise winner and had not been on the prize committee’s shortlist. Since taking office in 1986 as Costa Rica’s 47th president, Arias has assumed the role of peacemaker in Central America. “As the main architect of the peace plan, President Arias made an outstanding contribution to the possible return of stability and peace to a region long torn by strife and civil war,” committee chairman Egil Aarvik commented.

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