Martti Ahtisaari wins the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize

(AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Markku Ulander)
(AP Photo / LEHTIKUVA, Markku Ulander)

OSLO, Norway (Oct. 10, 2008)—Finland’s ex-president Martti Ahtisaari won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his long career of peace mediation work including a 2005 accord between Indonesia and rebels in its Aceh province and his efforts to build a lasting peace from Africa and Asia to Europe and the Middle East.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee chose Ahtisaari to receive the $1.4 million prize from a field of 197 candidates ”for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.”

Adam Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Nobelprize.org conducted a telephone interview with Martti Ahtisaari today, just three hours after the announcement of the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. In the interview Ahtisaari states,

“… it’s a disgrace for the international community that we have allowed so many conflicts to become frozen, and we are not making a serious effort to solve them.” 

The audio recording as well as a transcription of the full interview can be found at Nobelprize.org.

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