Celebrities Praise Nobel Winner

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Dec. 12 2008, Published 12:30 p.m. ET

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(Photo: Splash News Online) Scarlett Johansson co-hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert on Thursday, hoping that it would bring attention to the work of Martti Ahtisaari. The 71-year-old former Finnish president believes that diplomacy is the way to resolve disputes.

"It is important to remind young people that peace is the only real victory," said the 24-year-old actress.

Displaying diplomatic credentials of which we were unaware, she added added that mediation is the best way to solve conflicts, "not the way that the U.S. has handled it the past two terms which is: 'don't discuss.'"

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Lending support was actor Michael Caine, who talked about his memories as a child in London during the World War II bombings, as well as a foot soldier in the Korean War.

He also said he was happy to meet Ahtisaari, who had endeavored so long for peace, and yet didn't look for fame.

"His life is going to change now, because now he is going to become very famous," Caine said.



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