During the first Elders delegation to Myanmar in September 2013, Jimmy Carter, Martti Ahtisaari and Gro Harlem Brundtland heard a range of perspectives on the country's political transition, from President Thein Sein to the leaders of the 1988 democracy movement.
"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.
The Elders concluded their visit to Washington DC and London encouraged and impressed by US efforts to revive the Middle East peace process. During a series of high-level meetings, media interviews and public debates, they discussed the prospects for peace in Israel-Palestine and in neighbouring Syria.
"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.
On the second day of their visit to the Middle East in August 2009, The Elders meet Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad. They also cross into the West Bank, where they meet women from the Qalandia refugee camp and listen to the concerns of young Palestinians.
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.