UN calls for observance of truce during Beijing Olympics
The United Nations called Monday for a cessation of hostilities worldwide during the Summer Olympics Games in Beijing next month, dpa reported.
"Though limited in duration, this truce has unlimited potential," UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to UN members asking them to observe the Olympic Truce in order to allow athletes from all countries to travel and compete in the games without the threats of war.
The call for the observance of the Olympic Truce was endorsed by the International Olympic Committee and the UN General Assembly.
The truce can provide a "pause to reconsider the heavy cost of war; an opening to initiate a dialogue and a window to provide relief for suffering populations," Ban said.
"It can demonstrate to the world that peace is possible in even the most seemingly intractable situations if we truly work towards it," the message said.
Unlike other leaders, Ban has decided not to attend the Olympics' opening ceremonies in Beijing on August 8. But he paid an official visit to the Chinese government in early July.