UN urges ‘Olympic Truce’ for Winter Olympics in South Korea

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NEW YORK, Nov 14 (APP):The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling on nations of the world to uphold an Olympic Truce for the time of next year’s Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and foster peace and tolerance on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.
Brought forward by South Korea, the resolution, “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and Olympic ideal,” was approved by consensus and was co-sponsored by 157 nations.
“I firmly believe the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will help spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world: the graceful and universal language of sport,” South Korea’s Olympic gold medalist, Kim Yuna, said Monday. She spoke in the General Assembly hall before the measure was overwhelmingly endorsed by acclamation.
At the heart of the resolution, which has been adopted every two years since 1993, is the call for a respite from conflict and strife from one week before the Olympic Games until seven days after.
The 23rd Olympic Winter Games will take place in Pyeongchang from February 9-25 and the 12th Paralympic Winter Games will be held from March 9-18.
The resolution this year recalls that Pyeongchang 2018 marks the first of three consecutive Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Asia — starting with South Korea in 2018. This will be followed by summer games in Tokyo in 2020 and then the winter games in Beijing two years later.
According to the resolution, the 2018 games “will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.”