Martti Ahtisaari

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Martti Ahtisaari
Ahtisaari in April 2012
10th President of Finland
In office
1 March 1994 – 1 March 2000
Prime MinisterEsko Aho
Paavo Lipponen
Preceded byMauno Koivisto
Succeeded byTarja Halonen
Personal details
Born23 June 1937
Viipuri, Finland (now Vyborg, Russia)
Died16 October 2023(2023-10-16) (aged 86)
Helsinki, Finland
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Eeva Hyvärinen[1]
ChildrenMarko Ahtisaari
Alma materUniversity of Oulu

Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (pronounced audio speaker icon[ˈmɑrt:i ˈoivɑ ˈkɑleʋi ˈɑhtisɑ:ri]) (23 June 1937 – 16 October 2023) was a Finnish politician. He was the 10th President of Finland between 1994 until 2000. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008. He is also a United Nations diplomat and mediator. He was known for his international peace work.

Nobel Prize[change | change source]

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".[2] The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.[3]

Death[change | change source]

In September 2021, Ahtisaari was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.[4]

Ahtisaari died on 16 October 2023 in Helsinki, Finland at the age of 86.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Eeva Ahtisaari".
  2. "The Nobel Peace Prize 2008".
  3. Bryant, Lisa (2008-10-10). "Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari Wins Nobel Peace Prize". Voice of America. Archived from the original on 2008-11-17. Retrieved 2008-12-27.
  4. "Former President Ahtisaari retires from public life following Alzheimer's diagnosis". Yle News. 2 September 2021. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  5. Anne Kauranen (16 October 2023). "Finnish Nobel Peace laureate and former president Ahtisaari dies at 86". Reuters. Retrieved 16 October 2023.

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