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Pundit: Left's election result 'catastrophic'

Pundit: Left's election result 'catastrophic' | Finland | Scoop.it

The combined vote for Left Alliance leader Paavo Arhinmäki and Social Democrat candidate Paavo Lipponen in Sunday’s presidential election was historically low, at just 13.2 percent. The country will now elect its first non-Social Democrat president for thirty years.
YLE election pundit Risto Uimonen argued that the left’s combined result was catastrophic. He said the lack of trade union support hindered efforts to get out traditional left-wing voters.
“SAK (blue collar trade union confederation) support was decisive for Martti Ahtisaari and Tarja Halonen,” said Uimonen, recalling Finland’s last two presidents. They are both Social Democrats, as is Mauno Koivisto, Ahtisaari’s predecessor.

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Ahtisaari Day spotlights negotiation - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Politics

Ahtisaari Day spotlights negotiation - thisisFINLAND: Life & society: Politics | Finland | Scoop.it
1st annual Ahtisaari Day forms unique opportunity to hear Nobel Prize laureate's insights abt peace mediation http://t.co/sYyfq2X2...
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Gaddafi running out of time -Ahtisaari

Gaddafi running out of time -Ahtisaari | Finland | Scoop.it
Martti Ahtisaari, a former president of Finland, was quoted as saying by national daily Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday that he believed that Muammar Gaddafi's time as Libyan leader was running out.

Ahtisaari added that he hoped that Gaddafi would leave Libya while it was still an option.

Ahtisaari went on to describe the UN security council's decision to authorise intervention in Libya as historic.
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Ahtisaari: North Korea's Kim Ready to Meet Southern Counterpart

Ahtisaari: North Korea's Kim Ready to Meet Southern Counterpart | Finland | Scoop.it
Ahtisaari: North Korea's Kim Ready to Meet Southern Counterpart: Former President Martti Ahtisaari told YLE News... http://bit.ly/l1r8fd...
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Kofi Annan Visiting Finland | Diasporian News 2011-04-19

Kofi Annan Visiting Finland | Diasporian News 2011-04-19 | Finland | Scoop.it
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is arriving to Finland on the invitation of the former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari to participate in the tenth anniversary seminar of the Ahtisaari-led Crisis Management Initiative (CMI).
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Ahtisaari Days make Finnish peace mediation work known - Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Current affairs

Ahtisaari Days make Finnish peace mediation work known - Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland: Current affairs | Finland | Scoop.it
Ahtisaari Days will be held in in Helsinki on 19 April. The seminar of international peace mediation work will be attended by, for instance, the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
The purpose of the Ahtisaari Days is to make peace mediation work more widely known by emphasising the meaning of education, knowledge and communication in particular. The Days will consist of three separate parts, including a gathering of international experts, an event for the public, and happenings to be held in schools.
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Academy of Finland creates Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professorship — Finnish science and technology Information Service

The Academy of Finland has announced plans to establish a new Academy Professorship in peace research and international conflict management research called the Martti Ahtisaari Academy Professorship.
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Ahtisaari Hopes Mladic Arrest Will Strengthen Kosovo Independence

Ahtisaari Hopes Mladic Arrest Will Strengthen Kosovo Independence | Finland | Scoop.it
Former President Martti Ahtisaari hopes that the arrest of former Bosnian Serb General Ratko Mladic on war crimes charges will help strengthen Kosovo’s claim to independence. He is particularly hopeful that the arrest could herald a warming of relations between Kosovo and Serbia.
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Osama's death will not make world safer -Ahtisaari

Osama's death will not make world safer -Ahtisaari | Finland | Scoop.it
Martti Ahtisaari, a former Finnish president and peacebroker, said on Tuesday that the killing of Osama bin Laden, the leader of terrorist network al-Qaida, would not transform the world into a safer place.

Ahtisaari added that while Osama's death might make the world slightly different than before, al-Qaida operations had been led from a place other than his hiding place even while he was still alive.

Ahtisaari said that the real work to root out terrorism involved poverty and youth unemployment mitigation.

"These issues can be managed," Ahtisaari said.

"I am angered by the fact that international cooperation is so amateurish. It is such amateurish tinkering that one is simply appalled by it."

"People would lose sleep if they only knew."

Ahtisaari expects al-Qaida to begin a campaign of reprisal attacks in Pakistan.

Ahtisaari's response to the reported killing of Osama by US special forces in Pakistan stands in contrast to comments by Alexander Stubb (cons), the Finnish foreign minister.

Stubb had hailed the killing of Osama as a historic milestone in the fight against terrorism and said Monday that the world was now a safer place than it was when the terrorist leader was alive.

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Ahtisaari & 'Elders' Arrive in Pyongyang

Ahtisaari & 'Elders' Arrive in Pyongyang | Finland | Scoop.it
Former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari has arrived in North Korea with three other former heads of state, led by former US president Jimmy Carter.

The delegation, from a group known as The Elders, has said it hopes to meet leader Kim Jong-Il and Kim's son and heir apparent Jong-Un, although nothing has been arranged.
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Peace matters on Ahtisaari Day - thisisFINLAND: Facts: Politics & economy

Peace matters on Ahtisaari Day - thisisFINLAND: Facts: Politics & economy | Finland | Scoop.it
Martti Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Finnish president, celebrates the tenth anniversary of Crisis Management Initiative, an organisation he founded, at a seminar packed with high-profile speakers on April 19, 2011. It’s also the first Ahtisaari Day.
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Ahtisaari Backs Gov't Line on Libya

Ahtisaari Backs Gov't Line on Libya | Finland | Scoop.it
Former President Martti Ahtisaari says that he would have seen no sense in Finland providing fighter aircraft to take part in enforcing the no-fly zone in Libya. Ahtisaari added that he believes Finland acted responsibly in the matter and that the country may have a lot to contribute to the operation at a later stage.
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