Friday, October 10, 2008

Congratulations Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace
Prize for 2008 to Martti Ahtisaari for his important efforts, on
several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve
international conflicts. These efforts have contributed to a more
peaceful world and to "fraternity between nations" in Alfred
Nobel’s spirit.

Martti Ahtisaari was the President of Finland in 1994-2000.

  • In 1989-90 he played a significant part in the establishment of Namibia’s independence
  • 2005 he and his organization Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) were
    central to the solution of the complicated Aceh question in Indonesia.
  • In 1999 and again in 2005-07, he sought under especially difficult circumstances to find a solution to the conflict in Kosovo.
  • In 2008, through the CMI and in cooperation with other institutions,
    Ahtisaari has tried to help find a peaceful conclusion to the problems
    in Iraq.
  • He has also made constructive contributions to the resolution of
    conflicts in Northern Ireland, in Central Asia, and on the Horn of
He has already been awarded several times:

Ahtisaari was the third (or fourth) Finnish person receiving the Nobel Prize

Frans Eemil Sillanpää was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature
in 1939 "for his deep understanding of his country's peasantry and the
exquisite art with which he has portrayed their way of life and their
relationship with Nature."

Artturi Ilmari Virtanen 1945 in Chemistry for his research and inventions in agricultural and nutrition chemistry, especially for his fodder preservation method.

(Ragnar Arthur Granit was a Finnish scientist who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967 along with Haldan Keffer Hartline and George Wald but he had both Swedish and Finnish citizenship. Granit said that his Nobel prize "belongs fifty-fifty to Finland and Sweden")

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