A group of former statesmen led by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter arrived in Beijing on April 24 at the start of a six-day visit to China and the Korean Peninsula.
In a statement, the Elders group of retired state leaders said that during their trip to China, North and South Korea they plan to discuss issues including denuclearization and reported food shortages in North Korea.
The four-member group, led by Carter, includes former Finnish president Martti Ahtisaari, former Norwegian prime minister Harlem Brundtland and former Irish president Mary Robinson.
The delegation is due to arrive in Pyongyang on Tuesday before moving to Seoul on Thursday.
compiled from agency reports