Former Finnish President in Bangkok as peace expert

Finnish Martti Ahtisaari was part of the international team of peace experts that on Monday September 2 spoke at a reconciliation event in Bangkok.

Former Finland President Martti Ahtisaari was invited to give his view on the ongoing Thai political strife.

Together with Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Priscilla Hayner senior adviser at Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Mr. Ahtisaari joined the event titled “Uniting for the Future: Learning from Each Other’s Experiences” held at the Plaza Athenee Hotel by Chulalongkorn University’s Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) and the Devawongse Varopakarn Institute of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.

One of Ahtisaari’s headlines at the forum was that “Peace is not only an outcome but a process,” and that “Trust is necessary for reconciliation,” The Bangkok Post reported.

Martti Ahtisaari is known for his role as peace mediator in several cases.

In August 2005, Ahtisaari helped end 30 years of fighting between Aceh rebels and the Indonesian government with peace talks in Finland, which he initiated and mediated with Crisis Management Initiative. A peace agreement, signed in Helsinki, followed seven months of negotiations between the two parties, which he initiated and mediated.

Ahtisaari was also chairman of the Bosnia-Herzegovina working group in the international peace conference on former Yugoslavia from 1992 to 1993, and was special adviser to the U.N. secretary-general on former Yugoslavia in 1993.

In 2008 he won the Nobel Peace Prize “For his important efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts” the comment said.

Read more about the reconciliation event here.

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