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The Elders' visit to Cyprus

Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi travelled to Cyprus in October 2008. They sought to lend their support to the political leaders and members of civil society working to end the island's decades of division, and urge the international community to actively support the peace process.

Desmond Tutu speaks at a press conference alongside his fellow Elders Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter.

Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi talk to young people about life in Cyprus.

Desmond Tutu and his fellow Elders Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter listen during their meeting with young people.

Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi with a group of young people during their visit to Cyprus.

Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Lakhdar Brahimi with members of civil society in Cyprus.

The Elders in discussion with Alexander Downer, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Cyprus.

Desmond Tutu and young people from both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities enjoy discussing life in Cyprus.

Desmond Tutu addresses guests during the Elders' visit.

The Elders meet political leaders from both the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities during their visit.

Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi hold a press conference.

Lakhdar Brahimi speaks at a press conference.

The Elders attended a series of meetings during their trip.

In this photo, Elders Lakhdar Brahimi, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter are joined by CEO of The Elders Mabel van Oranje as they meet with Slovak Ambassador Anna Turenicova.

Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Lakhdar Brahimi and CEO of The Elders Mabel van Oranje walk down the historic Ledra Street in Nicosia.

Desmond Tutu stops to admire a mosaic peace sign on Ledra Street in Nicosia, Cyprus. This is the site of the former Ledra Street barricade where the street ran across the United Nations buffer zone.

From left to right: Lakhdar Brahimi, Desmond Tutu and Jimmy Carter in front of a map of Nicosia on Ledra Street.

Lakhdar Brahimi and Desmond Tutu walk down Ledra Street.

Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi pose with a young Cypriot choir during their visit to Cyprus.

Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter and Lakhdar Brahimi with a young Cypriot choir.

The Elders in discussion with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Talat.

Desmond Tutu shakes hands with Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Talat.

Jimmy Carter shakes hands with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias.

The Elders in discussion with Greek Cypriot leader Demetris Christofias during their visit to Cyprus.

Lakhdar Brahimi addresses a press conference at the end of the Elders' visit.

Desmond Tutu addresses the press conference.

Desmond Tutu speaks alongside his fellow Elders Lakhdar Brahimi and Jimmy Carter during the press conference.

The Elders met the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders, young people from both communities, members of civil society and UN officials. In Nicosia, they took a walk down Ledra Street – the symbolically important crossing point that had been closed for decades.

Credit: David Hands | The Elders

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