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Israeli Foreign Minister Livni meets with Foreign Minister of Finland in Tel Aviv
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni (R) meets with the Foreign Minister of Finland, Ilkka Kanerva in Tel Aviv, Israel on November 22, 2007. (UPI Photo/Israel Hadari/HO)
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Ilkka Armas Mikael Kanerva (born 28 January 1948) is a member of the Finnish Parliament. He was born in Lokalahti, now a part of Uusikaupunki in Finland Proper. He was the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2008. He was forced to resign from the position due to a scandal involving hundreds of text messages he sent to an erotic dancer from his work mobile phone. Kanerva left for a sick leave on 1 April, and his term officially ended on 4 April.

Kanerva is a member of the National Coalition Party. He graduated with a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Turku in 1980. Kanerva was leader of the political youth organisation Kokoomuksen Nuorten Liitto ry. 1972-1976 and was first elected to the Finnish Parliament in 1975. As of 2008 he is longest standing Member of Parliament along with Esko-Juhani Tennilä.

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