UN Chief calls for observance of Olympic truce

UN Chief calls for observance of Olympic truce

YEREVAN, February 1. /ARKA/. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all those engaged in armed hostilities around the world to lay down their weapons and observe the Olympic Truce for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

"The participants in the Sochi Games may carry the flags of many nations, but they come together under the shared banner of equality, fair play, mutual respect and non-discrimination," Ban said in a statement.

The UN Сhief said his thoughts are with the people of Syria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan and “all others suffering from senseless violence, including the families who lost loved ones in the recent bombings that took place in Volgograd, not far from Sochi”.

“The Olympic Truce is rooted in the hope that if people and nations can put aside their differences for one day, they can build on that to establish more lasting cease-fires and find paths towards durable peace, prosperity and human rights”, Ban Ki-moon said. –0--

11:49 01.02.2014

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