Martti Ahtisaari, the former President of Finland and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has passed away at the age of 86. This is reported by Finnish media YLE.
His death was confirmed by the Finnish government, leaving the nation in mourning for one of its most respected figures.
Ahtisaari served as Finland's President from 1994 to 2000 and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2008 for his efforts in resolving international conflicts. Over the years, he played a significant role in peace negotiations in various parts of the world, including Kosovo, Namibia, and Indonesia.
Born in 1937, Ahtisaari had a long and distinguished career in diplomacy before ascending to the presidency. His work in conflict resolution was widely acclaimed, earning him not just the Nobel Prize but also numerous other international honors.
The Finnish government has expressed its condolences, stating that the country has lost a great statesman who made significant contributions to peace both domestically and internationally. Tributes have been pouring in from around the world, recognizing Ahtisaari's lifelong commitment to fostering global peace.
His death comes as a loss not just to Finland but to the international community, which valued his wisdom and diplomatic skills. Ahtisaari leaves behind a legacy of peacebuilding that will continue to inspire future generations.
The Finnish government is expected to announce plans for a state funeral to honor the late President, who was a towering figure in Finnish politics and a beacon of hope for peace worldwide.
Watch Matti Ahtisaari accept the Nobel peace prize in the video below