Ahtisaari performed a key function in negotiating peace in a number of international locations, together with Namibia, Kosovo and Indonesia.
Martti Ahtisaari, the previous president of Finland who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his function in ending conflicts across the globe, has died.
The previous United Nations diplomat handed away on the age of 86 after battling Alzheimer’s illness, Finland’s presidential workplace mentioned on Monday.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto paid tribute to Ahtisaari, describing the previous chief as a “president in occasions of change”, “a citizen of the world” and a “nice Finn”.
Ahtisaari will obtain a state funeral, with the date to be introduced later, the Disaster Administration Initiative he based mentioned.
Ahtisaari performed a key function in negotiating peace on a number of continents, together with agreements associated to Namibia’s independence within the Nineteen Eighties, Serbia’s withdrawal from Kosovo within the late Nineties, and autonomy for Aceh province in Indonesia in 2005.
When the Norwegian Nobel Committee recognised Ahtisaari in October 2008, it lauded “his necessary efforts, on a number of continents and over greater than three a long time, to resolve worldwide conflicts”.
“Peace is a query of will,” Ahtisaari mentioned whereas accepting the award. “All conflicts will be settled, and there are not any excuses for permitting them to turn out to be everlasting.”
Born on June 23, 1937, in Viipuri, which is now a part of Russia, Ahtisaari started his profession as a main faculty instructor earlier than becoming a member of Finland’s international ministry in 1965.
As a diplomat, Ahtisaari served as ambassador to Tanzania, Zambia, Somalia and the United Nations in New York.
After being named Namibia’s particular consultant by UN Secretary-Common Kurt Waldheim in 1978, Ahtisaari helped safe the African nation’s independence, for which he was granted honorary citizenship.
In 1994, Ahtisaari was elected because the tenth president of Finland because the nation transitioned from an electoral faculty system to direct elections.
His worldwide prominence peaked in 1999 when he negotiated the tip of the battle in Kosovo alongside Russia’s Balkans envoy Viktor Chernomyrdin.
Throughout his time in workplace, he was a fervent advocate for Finland’s membership of the European Union and NATO, each of which the nation ultimately joined.
After he declined a second presidential time period in 2000 to dedicate his time to Finland’s rotating EU presidency, Ahtisaari based the CMI to advertise dialogue and mediation in conflicts.
He’s survived by his spouse, Eeva, and their son.