The Elders discuss what they mean by 'speaking truth to power’, and how their status as Elders allows them to – as Jimmy Carter put it – “go where we please, meet with whom we choose, and say what we believe."
The US-led Middle East peace talks were suspended on 29 April. Writing in The Washington Post, Jimmy Carter argues that reconciliation between Palestinian factions could provide an opportunity for a new round of negotiations.
"Our question to everyone on this visit has been: what kind of democracy do you envisage?" – Jimmy Carter
The Elders have concluded their first visit to Myanmar. After hearing from leaders and civil society representatives, they express their support for the country’s peaceful political transition and their anticipation of further engagement in the region.
"Where is the outcry?" Jimmy Carter expresses his disappointment at the reluctance of political leaders to take bold action and argues that Arab countries have the potential to break the Middle East stalemate.
On the second day of their visit, the Elders met Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem as well as Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad in Ramallah. On their way to the West Bank, they stopped at the Qalandia checkpoint, where hundreds of Palestinians line up daily to cross into Israel under tight security. There they met Zaina who has made the crossing many times to go to school. Zaina joined other young Palestinians in conversation with the Elders later in the day to express their frustrations with the current situation and their hopes for peace.
Following the MDC's announcement that it will join a government of national unity, The Elders call on all Zimbabweans to unite to end the terrible suffering in their country, and urge international donors to support this development.
The Elders are independent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity.