UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi and former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland are among the delegation. South African Nobel peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu was unable to join the delegation due to health problems. Mabel van Oranje, the CEO of the Elders Group, is taking Tutu's place.
“Cyprus is facing its best chance to achieve a lasting and peaceful settlement to decades of division. The Elders are therefore actively encouraging efforts to build peace on the island,” a statement on the Elders Group web site reads. The Elders Group also visited Cyprus last year before the first negotiations began between the two sides of the island.
The Elders is a group of famous public figures established in mid-2007 to promote global peace. The Cyprus conflict is one of its initiatives and this year's visit is the second of its kind.