I am saddened by these casualties and seriously concerned about the increasing number of violent incidents and the escalation of tension in the zone of conflictOSCE urges end to Georgia-Ossetia violence Mar 31, 2008
Messages have been sent, but not in the sense of any deep drama of human relationshipsMinister says he sent dancer messages Mar 11, 2008
I call on the parties to exercise maximum restraint, and observe the terms of the cease-fireNagorno-Karabakh shooting prompts concern Mar 06, 2008
The OSCE can only work with the full engagement of its participating statesOSCE heads calls for U.S. support Feb 15, 2008
The outcome of the status process could have a negative impact on OSCE's engagement in KosovoOSCE heads calls for U.S. support Feb 15, 2008
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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.