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Humanitarian visit by Carter, Annan blocked

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times wire reports

Zimbabwe has refused to let Kofi Annan, former President Carter and South African human rights advocate Graca Machel visit the country for a humanitarian mission, the three said.

They had planned to assess the southern African country’s needs. They are members of The Elders, a group formed by former South African President Nelson Mandela to foster peace and tackle world conflicts.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Annan said no official reason had been given for the refusal. Government officials in Harare could not immediately be reached for comment.

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Carter, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, said in Johannesburg, South Africa, that it was the first time he had been denied permission to carry out a mission in any country.

Zimbabweans are suffering from disease and hunger while a crisis over a power-sharing government occupies politicians.


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