Martti Ahtisaari

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Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari (Finnish: [ˈmɑrtːi ˈʔoi̯ʋɑ ˈkɑleʋi ˈʔɑhtisɑːri] (Loudspeaker.svglisten); born 23 June 1937) is a Finnish politician, the tenth president of Finland (1994–2000), a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and a United Nations diplomat and mediator noted for his international peace work.

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Martti Ahtisaari
Ahtisaari in 2012
10th President of Finland
In office
1 March 1994  1 March 2000
Prime MinisterEsko Aho
Paavo Lipponen
Preceded byMauno Koivisto
Succeeded byTarja Halonen
Ambassador of Finland to Tanzania
In office
Preceded bySeppo Pietinen
Succeeded byRichard Müller
Personal details
Born (1937-06-23) 23 June 1937 (age 85)
Viipuri, Finland
(now Vyborg, Russia)
Political partySocial Democratic
SpouseEeva Hyvärinen[1]
ChildrenMarko Ahtisaari
Alma materUniversity of Oulu
AwardsNobel Peace Prize (2008)
Military service
Branch/serviceSuomen_Maavoimien_tunnus.svg Finnish Army
RankKapteeni_kauluslaatta.svg Captain

Ahtisaari was a United Nations special envoy for Kosovo, charged with organizing the Kosovo status process negotiations, aimed at resolving a long-running dispute in Kosovo, which later declared its independence from Serbia in 2008. In October 2008, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts".[2] The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari had played a prominent role in resolving serious and long-lasting conflicts, including ones in Namibia, Aceh (Indonesia),[3] Kosovo and Serbia, and Iraq.[4]

Since the death of Mauno Koivisto in May 2017, Martti Ahtisaari is currently the oldest living President of Finland.