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.
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.
If there is something I would like to do as President of the General Assembly, it is to place more emphasis on the issue of education, which enables a better life for women.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
There are many challenges, there are many obstacles; let us try to change the obstacles to advantages.
What we can do as individuals may not be very much on the global scale, but we have to start the change by living as we are teaching.
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.
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.
In every European nation, there have been problems in history when the society was too divided.
Without accepting the other person's thinking, you cannot further your own interest. You need the other's help to get results.
I think we have grave problems. I am very much concerned about environmental questions, even though in Finnish society, we are not facing the most urgent problems.