Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari poses with his medal and diploma in Oslo. File  picture: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari poses with his medal and diploma in Oslo. File picture: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Nobel Peace laureate Martti Ahtisaari diagnosed with coronavirus

By dpa Time of article published Mar 24, 2020

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Stockholm - Former Finnish president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari has tested positive for the coronavirus, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto's office said on Tuesday.

Ahtisaari, 82, was doing well "under the circumstances," a statement read.

In 2008, Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his mediation efforts in various conflicts ranging from Namibia to Aceh in Indonesia.

Ahtisaari served as Finnish president from 1994 to 2000. After leaving office, he formed the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), which has been engaged in various mediation efforts.

Ahtisaari's wife, Eeva, was diagnosed with the virus at the weekend. She attended a concert in Helsinki on March 8 in connection with International Women's Day. A member of the audience had the virus.

Former Finnish president Tarja Halonen and her husband, Pentti Arajärvi, who both attended the same March 8 concert have said they are fine.

dpa 

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