My opinion on who's wrong or who's right has nothing to do with the fact that we have to bring together people who are against each other, to transform antagonism into cooperation.
The Baltic Sea is becoming more and more polluted. Not everybody living near the shore of the Baltic Sea is protecting it. It is the water of life for countries like Finland and Sweden.
Peace enforcement is a much more difficult kind of operation than peacekeeping.
In Finland, we learned quite a lot from our own civil war. The wounds were visible when I was a boy, but my generation went into the Second World War and it united the Finnish nation, so I do not see any more wounds.
I do not want to speak about overpopulation or birth control, but I think education is the way to give new impetus to the poverty question.
Without accepting the other person's thinking, you cannot further your own interest. You need the other's help to get results.
I really do hope that the Millennium Summit gives new impetus to the work of the United Nations.
Finland had a civil war less than 100 years ago, just like in Ireland. If you look at the history of newly independent nations, civil war is almost every time present, even in the United States.
In Finland we have equal political rights for women and men. We do not regard ourselves according to sex.
Men and women have roles - their roles are different, but their rights are equal.
You cannot make easy decisions unless you first commit yourself to hard solutions.
If you come to a negotiation table saying you have the final truth, that you know nothing but the truth and that is final, you will get nothing.
There are big issues, like the reform of the Security Council. These kinds of questions are something the President of the General Assembly must keep his eye on.
There are many challenges, there are many obstacles; let us try to change the obstacles to advantages.
We Finns represent a very transparent and open-minded way of reaching political decisions.
I think I can regard myself as a political decision-maker.
Discussion is just a tool. You have to aim; the final goal must be a decision.
In international or national crises, there are always questions of lack of confidence. You have to change the minds of the people in order to get results.
Without rebuilding the confidence between parties, you will never succeed.
We have the tools, but we have to learn how to use them. That is my political philosophy.
That is where consensus-building begins-with the idea that you have your own truth, but that the negotiator on the other side of the table has his own truth as well.
When the problems in Northern Ireland started, it was not a question of Protestantism or Catholicism, because the Catholic church was the only church at that time-it was a nationalist conflict.
In every European nation, there have been problems in history when the society was too divided.
If we go back in the history of different nations, violence and the use of force are part of their heritage. These are the traditions of mankind.