Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Martti Ahtisaari (left), Special Envoy for the Future Status Process for Kosovo, at the United Nations,
Pix courtesy: UN, Mark Garten
Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari has been named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize 2008.
"Ahtisaari is an outstanding international mediator. Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international conflicts," said Ole Danbolt Mjoes, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in a press statement.
The committee has cited Ahtisaari's contribution in the establishment of
Ahtisaari, who was
"As Finns, we can be proud that our nation's contribution to world peace has been given the highest recognition. We have long traditions in peacekeeping and we are also experienced in civil crisis management. Additionally, we have individuals like Martti Ahtisaari who have with their own efforts and personal capabilities have helped build a more peaceful and fairer world," said Tarja Halonen, President of Finland.
Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen too welcomed the news. "This recognition also serves as an appreciation to
The Nobel Prize to Ahtisaari is being seen as recognition of Finnish foreign policy and diplomatic skills. Historically stuck between two powerful neighbours –
This year Finnish foreign minister also occupies the post of chairman at Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE),