Martti Ahtisaari awarded 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

Martti Ahtisaari awarded 2008 Nobel Peace Prize
# 10 October 2008 12:23 (UTC +04:00)
Stockholm-APA. Name of winner of 2008 Nobel Peace Prize was revealed, APA reports
Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland, UN Special Envoy at the Kosovo status process negotiations was awarded Nobel Peace Prize "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".
In November, Ahtisaari was appointed Special Envoy for the Kosovo status process. In 2007, he prepared solution plan envisaging independence of Kosovo. The plan was not adopted in UN Security Council, because of objection of Russia and China, but the US and EU supported the plan.
British government appointed him to the team overseeing the inspections of IRA weapons decommissioning in Northern Ireland. Ahtisaari also founded Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), an independent, non-governmental organisation with a goal in developing and sustaining peace in troubled areas. In 2005, Ahtisaari successfully led peace negotiations between the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and the Indonesian Government through his non-governmental organization CMI.
Former U.S Vice-President Albert Gore was awarded 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
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