04 November 2008 PristinaÂ – Former UN envoy for Kosovoâ€™s final status and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Martti Ahtisaari, stands by his decision in backing Kosovoâ€™s independence, in his new autobiography.
His book, Suomalaisten kovat paikat or â€œFinnish in difficult circumstancesâ€ has just been published in his native Finland.
Ahtisaari writes that Kosovo is a European issue, and the European Union shall not permit a â€œfrozen conflictâ€ as has happened in other similar cases around the world.
He adds that countries which have not yet recognised Kosovoâ€™s independence due to their own internal problems will very soon do so.
Ahtisaari adds that these countries will soon accept that Kosovo is a unique case and not a precedent for other separatist movements.
Ahtisaari, also a former Finnish President, was appointed in 2005 as the United Nations special envoy for talks on the final status of Kosovo, seven years after he played a key role in bringing an end to hostilities there.
After no results in the talks between Serbian and Kosovoâ€™s ethnic Albanian officials he recommended â€˜supervised independenceâ€™ for Kosovo.
The Ahtisaari plan served as the basis for Kosovoâ€™s declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17, and the reforms it prescribed were pursued in the following months by Kosovoâ€™s government.
Last month he was the winner of this yearâ€™s Nobel Peace Prize.
â€œAhtisaari is an outstanding international mediator,â€ a committee spokesman said in announcing his win.
The committee cited Ahtisaariâ€™s â€œsignificantâ€ role in establishing Namibiaâ€™s independence and his â€œcentralâ€ part in mediating the conflict in the Indonesian province of Aceh in 2005.
That year the 71-year-old career diplomat oversaw the end of a three-decade conflict between the Indonesian government and Free Aceh Movement rebels that killed some 15,000 people.