Finnish top diplomat joins members of the Elders en route to North Korean for peace talks


Sunday, 24 April 2011
Finnish top diplomat, Martti Ahtisaari is currently on his way to Beijing with an international mediating group to try to seek ways to defuse tensions between North and South Korea.
The former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari who is also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate will be joined by former US President Jimmy Carter who also leads the mission.

The goal of the mission is to discuss measures to ease tensions between the two Koreas,  Nuclear disarmament and North Korea’s humanitarian situation.

The Elders group as it is known will also includes other members such former Irish President Mary Robinson and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.

The group will set off on Sunday, visiting China’s capital Beijing first. After holding talks in China, the group is to travel to North Korea’s capital city Pyongyang on Tuesday. From there, the group will travel to South Korea’s capital Seoul on Thursday.

The Elders is a council formed by former South African President Nelson Mandela. It consists of the older statesmen and figure heads working to promote peace in the globe.
By Team


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