December 2, 2023

By Jari Tanner | Related Press

HELSINKI — Martti Ahtisaari, the previous president of Finland and international peace dealer who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his work to resolve worldwide conflicts, died Monday. He was 86.

The muse he created for stopping and resolving violent conflicts mentioned in an announcement it was “deeply saddened by the lack of its founder and (former) chair of the board.”

In 2021, it was introduced that Ahtisaari had superior Alzheimer’s illness.

“It’s with nice unhappiness that now we have obtained the information of the loss of life of President Martti Ahtisaari,” Finnish President Sauli Niinistö mentioned in an announcement. “He was president in occasions of change, who piloted Finland into a world EU period.”

Niinistö described Ahtisaari in a televised speech as “a citizen of the world, an important Finn. A trainer, diplomat and head of state. A peace negotiator and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.”

Ahtisaari helped attain peace accords associated to Serbia’s withdrawal from Kosovo within the late Nineteen Nineties, Namibia’s bid for independence within the Eighties, and autonomy for Aceh province in Indonesia in 2005. He was additionally concerned with the Northern Eire peace course of within the late Nineteen Nineties, being tasked with monitoring the IRA’s disarmament course of.

NATO Secretary-Common Jens Stoltenberg referred to as Ahtisaari “a hero of peace, safety and battle prevention,” including that “I admired his peace work within the Western Balkans.”

“President Ahtisaari dedicated all his life to peace, diplomacy, the goodness of humanity, and had a unprecedented affect on our current and the long run,” mentioned Kosovar President Vjosa Osmani. “He engraved the body of our nation, and his title will stay without end within the pages of the Republic of Kosovo’s historical past.”

European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen referred to as him “a visionary” and “a champion of peace” on X, previously often known as Twitter. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair referred to as Ahtisaari “an excellent statesman and an excellent pal” and mentioned he made a “important contribution to the Northern Eire peace course of.”

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz wrote on X that “we’re shedding an excellent diplomat.” He pointed to Ahtisaari’s mediation “in lots of conflicts, together with within the Balkans” as he attended a summit of Western Balkan leaders in Albania.

When the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee picked Ahtisaari in October 2008, it cited him “for his vital efforts, on a number of continents and over greater than three many years, to resolve worldwide conflicts.”

Ahtisaari was the Nordic nation’s president for one six-year time period — from 1994 till 2000 — and later based the Helsinki-based Disaster Administration Initiative, aimed toward stopping and resolving violent conflicts by way of casual dialogue and mediation.

Born June 23, 1937, within the jap city of Viipuri, which is the present-day Russian city of Vyborg, Ahtisaari was a major faculty trainer earlier than becoming a member of Finland’s International Ministry in 1965. He spent about 20 years overseas, first as ambassador to Tanzania, Zambia and Somalia after which to the United Nations in New York.

He then joined the U.N., working at its New York headquarters, and in 1978 was appointed because the particular consultant for Namibia by then-U.N. Secretary-Common Kurt Waldheim.