Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (pronounced [ˈmɑrt:i ˈoivɑ ˈkɑleʋi ˈɑhtisɑ:ri]) (born 23 June 1937) is a Finnish politician, former President of Finland (1994–2000), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.
Ahtisaari in Helsinki. (4 July 2007)
|President of Finland|
1 March 1994 – 1 March 2000
|Prime Minister||Esko Aho|
|Preceded by||Mauno Koivisto|
|Succeeded by||Tarja Halonen|
|Born||23 June 1937|
Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)
|Political party||Social Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||University of Oulu|
Ahtisaari was a UN Special Envoy at the Kosovo status process negotiations. These negotiations were aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo. Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. In October 2008, Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts". The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.
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