Friday, October 10, 2008

Nobel Peace Prize ... 2008 ...



i was pleasantly surprised to learn this morning that a former finnish president, martti ahtisaari, won the nobel peace prize! i know the prize has a checkered history - but there are some past winners who are truly admirable ...

finland is small in populatuion (around 5 mil) and peace loving in nature ... i see this prize as a good fit for the land of my birth ... and though peace loving, they are realists about conflict ... case in point, they share a border with russia - a country that tried to take them over during WWII - they fought russia (much like david & goliath!) and DID manage to keep communism out ... at a very heavy cost to the nation in lives and money ...

all finnish men have to spend some months in the army ... if the call to arms did come, they would be ready to roll ... yet they are still a peaceful, democratic country who desires to resolve conflict through dialogue ... IF at all possible.

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2008

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to Martti Ahtisaari for his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts. These efforts have contributed to a more peaceful world and to "fraternity between nations" in Alfred Nobel’s spirit.

Throughout all his adult life, whether as a senior Finnish public servant and President or in an international capacity, often connected to the United Nations, Ahtisaari has worked for peace and reconciliation. For the past twenty years, he has figured prominently in endeavours to resolve several serious and long-lasting conflicts. In 1989-90 he played a significant part in the establishment of Namibia’s independence; in 2005 he and his organization Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) were central to the solution of the complicated Aceh question in Indonesia. In 1999 and again in 2005-07, he sought under especially difficult circumstances to find a solution to the conflict in Kosovo. In 2008, through the CMI and in cooperation with other institutions, Ahtisaari has tried to help find a peaceful conclusion to the problems in Iraq. He has also made constructive contributions to the resolution of conflicts in Northern Ireland, in Central Asia, and on the Horn of Africa.

Although the parties themselves have the main responsibility for avoiding war and conflict, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has on several occasions awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to mediators in international politics. Today Ahtisaari is an outstanding international mediator. Through his untiring efforts and good results, he has shown what role mediation of various kinds can play in the resolution of international conflicts. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to express the hope that others may be inspired by his efforts and his achievements.

Oslo, 10 October 2008

9 comments:

Jan said...

FInland is a indeed a lovely and peaceful country, but giving the Peace Prize to Martti Ahtisaari is a gross injustice, and again calls into question the political nature of the prize. Ahtisaari has worked at the behest of NATO powers to promote their global means by military means, followed by his diplomatic coercions. By pressing for the independence of Kosovo he has thrown international law into chaos, as witnessed by the iissuing being surprisingly taken up by the UN high court. The Nobel Prize continues to be a farce - and that is a deep shame for those who truly wish for a peaceful world.
Jan

Saija said...

jan ... yes, the nobel peace prize has indeed taken a hit over the years ... which these manmade awards have a tendency to do - rollar coaster with the times ... and i am indeed aware of some of ahtisaari's dubious diplomatic arenas ... that being said, i think the prize draws a positive spotlight on finland itself - and the many times major deals have been worked out in helsinki, or to the unknown folks behind the scenes that have never received credit for the work they have done ... there will always be something to critisize with any award recipient - BUT there is also something positive, if a person looks ...

Amrita said...

Congratulations Saija and to all the Finnish people. Finland indeed is a very peacful country , never heard of it being in any kind of conflict.Thank is a blessing.

Saija said...

amrita ... thanx ... and i see that i spelt criticize incorrectly on my response to jan ... oops! it's my finn coming out! *grinning*

Saija said...

amrita ... thanx ... and i see that i spelt criticize incorrectly on my response to jan ... oops! it's my finn coming out! *grinning*

Mari said...

I think this is very cool. I liked what you had to day about Finland. It's not a country I know much about.

Felisol said...

Dear Saija,
a deep and heartfelt congratulation to Martti Ahtisaari, the Finnish people and you.
I came over to congratulate you full of admiration and assure you the Mr. Ahtisaari is highly respected in all of Europe for the protracted and complicated peace negotiations he has completed successfully.
Hardly any West European nation is so familiar with suppression and bold freedom fighting as the Finns.
During ww2 they lost a generation of the world's best athletics bot in summer and winter sports.
My Dad has over and over again told me about the brave Finns.
He was with in a group collecting rucksacks, garments and medical supply for Finland when they were first attacked by the Russians.
It was the mince's fight against the trolls. In the end the mice won their freedom, just because they also were clever diplomats.
I guess no Finnish family were not heavily influenced by the war.
Today we'll think of Athisaari receiving the prize on behalf of all the Finnish heroes, living and dead.
I'm looking forward to December when he'll actually receive the prize.
It's usually a big folk feast as well.
From Felisol

Mimi said...

congratulations on your homeland of Finland for the recipient of the peace prize...

Catherine said...

Congratulations!