United Nations (NWN) – The United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday urged all countries to observe a ceasefire during the Beijing Winter Olympics starting in February, saying conflicts during one of the world’s premier sporting events Preventing “can be a tool to promote peace,” dialogue and reconciliation.
A resolution adopted unanimously by the 193-nation world body recalls the ancient Greek tradition of Echcheria, calling for an “Olympic truce” to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure the safe passage and participation of athletes in the Games So that the youth could be mobilized. For the peace of the world. ,
The resolution urges “members to adhere to the Olympic ceasefire, individually and collectively” from the week before the start of the 24th Winter Olympic Games in Beijing until the week following the Paralympics. The Olympics will run from February 4-20 next year followed by the Paralympics from March 4-13.
The Assembly resolution underscored the importance of cooperation among UN member states in implementing “the values of the Olympic ceasefire around the world” and the importance of the work promoting it by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, and the United Nations. Insisted.
Such calls for an Olympic cease-fire were revived by the General Assembly in 1993, when the International Olympic Committee allowed athletes from war-torn Yugoslavia to participate in the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games.
General Assembly President Abdullah Shahid told the assembly before adopting the resolution that the sport “brings together people of every religion, race, ethnicity and political background to celebrate the athletic prowess and potential of humanity.”
“It diverts energy from hostility and conflict to friendly competition[and]it promotes an active lifestyle and supports our mental and physical well-being,” he said. It can create a sense of camaraderie, support quality education, and “relieve the psychological stress of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a toll on our collective psyche and left us very exhausted.” “
According to the truce, all countries should abide by it and should not do any military exercises or such kind of activities within 52 days, 7 days before and 7 days after the Olympics in Beijing.