The trip will be the second collective visit by The Elders, a group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela, who are also going to travel to Egypt, Syria, Jordan and Israel.Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, will join global leaders in a visit to the occupied Palestinian territories beginning Saturday, the group announced, Friday.
“The Elders firmly support current efforts to reach a two-state solution, although we want to emphasize that we are not directly involved in the U.S. led mediation efforts”, said the delegation leader and former Irish president Mary Robinson. She claimed that the aim of the visit is to listen to a wide range of people about their aspirations for peace, including those who are currently at the margins of the process.
She also added that they will also be seeking to persuade political leaders, members of civil society and the media that any peace agreement must ensure the safety and security of Israelis and Palestinians, and embrace fundamental principles of international law, including human rights.
“These concepts – justice, security, and inclusiveness – will be at the heart of our discussions in the region.”