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Martti Ahtisaari, former Finnish president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, dies at 86
Martti Ahtisaari, Finland's former president and a global peace broker awarded the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for his work to resolve international conflicts, has died
HELSINKI (AP) — Martti Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland and global peace broker awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his work to resolve international conflicts, died Monday. He was 86.
The foundation he created for preventing and resolving violent conflicts said he died Monday. Its statement said the foundation was “deeply saddened by the loss of its founder and chair of board.”
In 2021, it was announced that Ahtisaari had advanced Alzheimer’s disease.
Among his most notable achievements, Ahtisaari helped reach peace accords related to Serbia's withdrawal from Kosovo in the late 1990s, Namibia’s bid for independence in the 1980s, and autonomy for Aceh province in Indonesia in 2005. He was also involved with the Northern Ireland peace process in the late 1990s, being tasked with monitoring terrorist group IRA's disarmament process.