Carter and two other members of The Elders group — former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and rights advocate Graca Machel, who is married to Nelson Mandela — had planned to assess the country's humanitarian needs as Zimbabweans are stalked by disease and hunger while political crisis occupies its politicians.Do you think we could get away with refusing entry to Jimmy the Dhimmi when he tries to come home? Nah, it couldn't be that easy...
But they were told Friday night by former South African President Thabo Mbeki, who is mediating the political crisis, that efforts to secure travel visas for the group had failed, Carter told reporters at a news conference in Johannesburg.
"We are very disappointed that the government of Zimbabwe would not permit us to come in, would not cooperate," Carter said.
It was the first time the 2002 Nobel Peace laureate has been denied permission to carry out a mission in any country, he said.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan Refused Entry To Zimbabwe