Martti Ahtisaari

(Martti Oiva Kalevi Ahtisaari)

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During the next 10 years about 1.2 billion young 15-to-30-year-olds will be entering the [worldwide] job market and with the means now at our disposal about 300 million will get a job. What will we offer these young, about a billion of them? — or will we leave them to be recruited by criminal leagues and terrorists? ... I think this is one of the greatest challenges if we want to achieve peaceful development and hope for these young.. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
it's a disgrace for the international community that we have allowed so many conflicts to become frozen, and we are not making a serious effort to solve them. War & Peace
Since I know that about a million people have been killed by the government of Iraq, I do not need much those weapons of mass destruction. War & Peace
I have no superhuman powers. If people don't want to make peace, there is nothing I can do. War & Peace
I know what it's like when you are a refugee, living on the mercy of others and having to adjust.
I saw an advertisement to work for a Swedish institute in Karachi in Pakistan. I had just been offered a permanent assignment, teaching in Oulu. But I felt, 'My God, I am not going to stay here forever.' You know why? Because I was following international events. Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
If one has problems with immigrant communities in Europe, that should not be used against Turkey.
If the political will is there, we can solve anything.
I'm concerned when certain movements or countries have been isolated from the international dialogue because then you have no way of influencing them.
I'm one of those people who, as long as I am still healthy and my thoughts are more or less clear, I don't think I can retire entirely.
In the last year of my presidency, I travelled 200 days out of 365. You have to lead a very disciplined life. To be able to do that, I need a lot of sleep. But I have no problems sleeping. On long days, I can easily take a nap for 20 minutes in the afternoon. Life
It is clear a Palestinian state is needed.
Like several hundred thousand fellow Karelians, we became refugees in our own country as great power politics caused the borders of Finland to be redrawn and left my home town as part of the Soviet Union. Power ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Luck has a lot to do with how your life develops. Life
Mediators do not choose the conflicts they became involved in, but the parties to the conflict choose the mediator. Their participation as intermediaries is based on the trust of all the conflicting parties. Trust
No country's policies are eternal; they do vary. People are growing old, and a new generation is coming to power. In a year's time, a government can look different. You can't influence them if you don't talk to them. Time ;Power ;Government
Normally, I like to eat at home. We don't go out much. The food at home is so good. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
Peace is a question of will. All conflicts can be settled, and there are no excuses for allowing them to become eternal. War & Peace
Perhaps it's a curse, but when you are a Lutheran, you have a sense of responsibility.
Religions themselves are... peace-loving. They can also be a constructive force in peace-building, and this also applies to the Middle East.
The mere fact that I'm former head of state and former under-secretary in the U.N. system, it means that I can get in touch with anybody in the world, in theory.
The only people that can make peace are the parties to the conflict, and just as they are responsible for the conflict and its consequences, so should they be given responsibility and recognition for the peace. War & Peace
The origins of my career as a peace mediator can be found from my childhood years. I was born in the city of Viipuri, then still part of Finland. We lost Viipuri when the Soviet Union attacked my country. Along with 400,000 fellow Karelians, I became an eternally displaced person in the rest of Finland. War & Peace
The task of the mediator is to help the parties to open difficult issues and nudge them forward in the peace process. The mediator's role combines those of a ship's pilot, consulting medical doctor, midwife and teacher. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;War & Peace
There are always interests that are furthered by war. Therefore, those who have power and influence can also stop them... we should not accept any excuses from those in power. Power ;War & Peace
Wars and conflicts are not inevitable. They are caused by human beings.
We are convinced that Turkey would be a useful member of the European Union.
With my mother, I moved from one household to another before settling in the eastern part of Finland, in the city of Kuopio.
You need to carry out very careful pre-feasibility and feasibility studies before you enter any crisis situation.