PARIS (AFP) - The great and the good of world diplomacy saluted Friday the conflict resolution efforts of Martti Ahtisaari and said there could be no worthier recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner praised the 71-year-old Finnish diplomat for "his courageous and determined action" to bring peace to Namibia, Kosovo, Indonesia's Aceh and other world troublespots. Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, himself a Nobel peace laureate in 2001, said he had telephoned Ahtisaari to personally congratulate the Finn on the 1.42-million-dollar award. "No one better than he could win the Nobel Peace Prize. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono lauded Ahtisaari for overseeing a 2005 peace agreement between his government and rebels in the breakaway province of Aceh, ending a three-decade conflict that killed 15,000 people. The newest Nobel laureate also won unsurprising praise from Kosovo president Fatmir Sejdiu for helping lead the territory toward independence. There was angry condemnation however from the brother of late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, a fierce opponent of Kosovo's independence. "It's rare for the Nobel Prize to be used for political goals, this is one of those," Borislav Milosevic, the former Yugoslav ambassador to Russia, told Echo of Moscow radio. Finnish President Tarja Halonen and Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen both congratulated Finland's first Peace Prize laureate, with Vanhanen saying "his commitment to peace and human rights is remarkable." As for the man himself. Meanwhile, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said there was "no alternative" to independence for the breakaway Serbian province. "There is no alternative to an independent Kosovo," the secretary of the committee Geir Lundestad told AFP. "We hope the solution will last there," he added.