The Elders, a group of Nobel Peace Prize laureates, led by former US President Jimmy Carter met with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the Strand in Yangon on September 26.
“They will deliberate on ways to secure nationwide ceasefire, political dialogues to bring about lasting peace and discuss obstacles in the path of political dialogues. They will also explore how The Elders can participate in the peace process”, Khun Ja from the Kachin Peace Network told Mizzima, before the meeting.
She continued, “Their objectives are the same as ours. They advocate for genuine democracy. Secondly, they will help in establishing genuine peace in conflict areas. This is why we will have discussions with them.”
They will also discuss the role of women in political dialogues, said Khun Ja.
Three Nobel Peace Prize laureates —former US President Jimmy Carter, former Finnish President Marti Ahtisaani, and former Norwegian Prime Minister and former Director General of World Health Organization Gro Harlem Brundtland—arrived in Myanmar on September 24.
During their three-day visit, they will have discussions with CSOs in Naypyitaw and Yangon, said a source close to them.