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Martti Ahtisaari

Martti Ahtisaari, Marko's father, just won the Nobel Peace Prize. Martti "is a former President of Finland (1994-2000) and a United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work.

Ahtisaari's most recent appointment was as 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." (Wikipedia)

Marko is an old friend that I've known and worked with for many years and have had the opportunity to meet his father Martti on several occasions. I was always impressed by Martti's strong, patient and thoughtful style. It is also interesting to note that Marko embodies many of Martti's qualities and demeanor.

Congratulations on a very well-deserved award and thank you for your contribution to world peace.


It, s a good president for Finland.

Indeed onnentoivotus! A most deserving winner. He is honoured for his handling of the difficult negotiations between Indonesia and the Aceh separatist people. Plus his work in convincing the difficult Slobodan Milosevic to end the Kosovo war.