Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari accepted the Nobel Peace Prize Wednesday for their efforts to resolve the conflicts in Kosovo to Indonesia and Namibia.
Ole Danbolt Mjos, president of the Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Ahtisaari for brokering an end to the long conflict between Indonesia and separatists in Aceh, which leads to a wide autonomy for the region.
Ahtisaari and his organization Crisis Management Initiative “saw opportunity where others saw only conflict,” said Mjos.
And he praised the work of Finn clicking on Slobodan Milosevic to end the war in Kosovo in 1999.
Ahtisaari also spoke of 14 years of work in Namibia, starting as United Nations High Commissioner there, which culminated in independence in 1990.
“No diplomat was more than what he did to deliver the independence of Namibia,” said Mjos. He noted that many children in Namibia had been appointed Martti, said that “should be at least as big as an honor being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”
The committee awards the peace prize annually in accordance with the guidelines established in the will of its founder, Alfred Nobel. He said that the prize goes to those who “shall have made the most or best work for fraternity between nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”
The prestigious prize includes a medal, personal diploma and 10 million Swedish kronor (1.4 billion dollars) in prize money.
U.S. Former Vice President Al Gore shared last year’s prize with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The prize of peace is one of five Nobel prizes per year. The others – from physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, and literature – are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden.