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Elders want settlement freeze

2009-08-26 21:04

Ramallah - A delegation of veteran world leaders and international dignitaries says Israel must stop expanding its West Bank settlements for the peace process to move forward.

Former Irish President Mary Robinson, one of the members of the group, says a settlement freeze is "essential if there is to be real progress toward peace".

The group, called the Elders, includes Nobel Peace laureates Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. During their four-day visit to Israel and the West Bank, they are meeting politicians, civic groups and young people.

Robinson spoke in the West Bank town of Ramallah on Wednesday.

Earlier, the group met Israeli President Shimon Peres, also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.