Mandela group presses ahead with visit to Zimbabwe

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) -- Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and others are pressing ahead with a humanitarian mission to Zimbabwe, though the state newspaper in the troubled southern African country has signaled they are unwelcome.

The group had announced plans to visit Zimbabwe last week. After a story in Zimbabwe's state-run Herald Thursday about the visit headlined "come at a later date," the group reiterated its plans.

A spokeswoman for the group called The Elders, formed by former South African President Nelson Mandela, did not directly address The Herald story.

She says The Elders had requested a meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe but have yet to receive a formal response. Their two-day visit begins Saturday.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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