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Juha Christensen: Committed to peace

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 21 2009   /  09:15 am

JP/Hotli Simanjuntak“All the parties demonstrated a strong desire to find a solution to the problems of the Acehnese people, and they contributed to the process of creating reconciliation in Aceh,” the Finnish businessman and researcher says. “Just like a football team that wants victory by working together.”Members of that “football team” included the Indonesian government, the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), the Army (TNI) and the Indonesian people. And although the name most often associated with the peace process is that of former president of Finland and Nobel Peace Price laureate Martti Ahtisaari, the contribution of this other Finn is just as appreciated by those in the know.But there are not many in the know: Christensen played his very important role behind the scenes. Thanks to his efforts in linking Ahtisaari in Sweden with the government and GAM, parties that had been f...