Martti Ahtisaari

U.N. Envoy, Martti Ahtisaari, in Sweden

The U.N. envoy overseeing talks on the future status of Kosovo was in Sweden Thursday to discuss the negotiations with Swedish foreign minister Laila Freivalds.

Talking with reporters after the meeting, he was cautiously optimistic ahead of negotiations.

Martti Ahtisaari is a former Finnish president and was also hand-picked by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to oversee status talks for the contested Aceh province, which has been administered by the United Nations since 1999.

Those negotiations will begin this month. Ahtisaari mediated talks between Indonesia and Aceh rebels, which ended with the signing of a peace treaty in August. Aceh was also on the table when he met with Sweden’s foreign minister.

The political leader of the Aceh rebel movement lives in exile in Sweden.

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