Serbia: Ahtisaari's Nobel Peace Prize win shocks observers

Belgrade, 10 Oct. (AKI) – Serbian politicians and analysts reacted with dismay when this year's Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Finnish diplomat Martti Ahtisaari on Friday for three decades of mediation around the world.

Ahtisaari (photo) mediated in the Balkan conflicts and forged a plan for the independence of Kosovo from Serbia. He also brokered a landmark peace deal in 1995 between Jakarta and separatist rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

Belgrade analyst Cvijetin Milivojevic laughed at the news that Ahtisaari had been awarded the peace prize.

“Ahtisaari negotiated no peace in Kosovo, but awarded ethnic Albanians a state on Serbian territory,” Milivojevic told Adnkronos International (AKI).

“He was, in fact, rewarded for carrying out the orders of the major powers,” Milivojevic added.

Ahtisaari was the only international mediator whose plan was not approved by the UN Security Council, but was implemented in Kosovo by a policy of force, said Serbia's former prime minister Vojislav Kostunica.

"It only confirms that the mentors of a false Kosovo state are exerting pressure in all fields,” said Kostunica, a staunch opponent of Kosovo's independence.

But Kosovo's ethnic Albanian leaders all agreed that the award had gone to the right person and that it represented another “victory for Kosovo”.

“This is an exceptionally important recognition that is no doubt more than deserving,” said Kosovo's President Fatmir Seidiu.

Kosovo Serb leader, Milan Ivanovic, disagreed with Seidiu.

"Ahtisaari is the last person who should get the Nobel peace prize," he said.

He created a one-sided pro-Albanian plan for solving the Kosovo problem which completely ignored Serbs and the interests of Serbian state, Ivanovic told Serbian news agency Beta.

“He contributed nothing to peace, but was in the service of world powers which destabilised the situation in the Balkans for a long period,” Ivanovic added.


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