Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Tenth President of Finland (1994–2000) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari 10.12.2008
Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari; born 23 June 1937) is a Finnish politician, the tenth President of Finland (1994–2000), Nobel Peace Prize laureate and United Nations diplomat and mediator, noted for his international peace work. The two First Day covers dated 23.6.1997 and 10.12.2008 were issued to commemorate Maetti Ahtisaari, firstly as the President of Finland, and then for his becoming a Nobel Laureate. These two FDCs were given to me by my dear friend Pia.
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 "for his efforts on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts". The Nobel statement said that Ahtisaari has played a prominent role in resolving many conflicts in Namibia, Indonesia, Kosovo and Iraq, among other areas.