Former Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri, international peacemaker, dies at age 74

Harri Holkeri, head of the UN Mission in Kosovo, September 9, 2003

From the AP:  Former Finnish Prime Minister Harri Holkeri, who brokered peace talks in Northern Ireland in the late 1990s and headed the U.N. administration in Kosovo, died Sunday. He was 74.

Holkeri, a lawmaker and chairman of the conservative National Coalition Party, was prime minister 1987-1991. He was also a member on the board of the Bank of Finland 1978-1997. . . .

In 2000, Holkeri served as U.N. General Assembly president. Three years later, he was appointed the U.N. special representative to the Serbian province of Kosovo, which had been administered by the world body from the end of the 1999 NATO bombing campaign that halted a Serb crackdown on ethnic Albanian separatists in Kosovo.  (photo: NATO)

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