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Published on Dec 10, 2008
Former finnish president Martti Ahtisaari receiving his Nobel peace prize, 2008, from the Norwegian Nobel committee. Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (born on june 23rd, 1937) is a former President of Finland (1994-2000), 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.
Ahtisaari was a UN Special Envoy at the Kosovo status process negotiations, aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo, which declared its independence from Serbia in 2008.
In October 2008 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The motivation is: "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts"