Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

United Nations urges countries to stop fighting during winter Olympics

United Nations urges countries to stop fighting during winter Olympics

Anchor: The UN General Assembly has adopted a symbolic resolution calling for a truce during the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The resolution urges countries to give safe passage to all players, officers and officials participating in the Olympics to have safe access and allow them to participate at the Games, as well as mobiliising youth around the world for peace.

Pyeongchang 2018 President Lee Hee-boem and Vancouver 2010 ladies figure skating gold medallist Kim Yuna, an ambassador for the Games, spoke at the Assembly. He said that Korean citizens still remember the 1988 Games as a catalyst for "promoting peace through sports by bringing the East and West together". The United Nations General Assembly adopted an Olympic Truce resolution ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, calling for the games to be an opportunity to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.

"I believe the Olympic Games are the best expression of our values".

While the Olympic Truce has been a tradition since the UN General Assembly passed the first one, which went into effect during the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, Monday's resolution was drafted by the South Korean government and co-sponsored by China, the US, Japan and Russian Federation.

The International Olympic Committee is urging North Korea to participate, which could help ease safety and security concerns about the Games arising from Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile tests.

The torch relay for PyeongChang Olympics is set to continue in South Gyeongsang Province until November 17, with a total of 467 torchbearers expected to run 297.6 kilometers in the region alone.

"Today, I hope to witness this power again", she continued.

The Pyeongchang Games will take place just 80km from South Korea's heavily fortified border with its estranged neighbour to the north.

The resolution noted "possibilities of new partnership in sport and beyond for Republic of Korea, Japan and China".

The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday in a statement "welcomed" the United Nations resolution and added that "the expression of the expectation that it will help promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia reflects the Korean government's commitment to make the PyeongChang event an 'Olympic of Peace'".

Kim said she experienced "the same spirit and power" as a 10-year-old watching the South Korean and North Korean delegations jointly enter the arena at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. It simply said "Korea".

The General Assembly revived the tradition in 1993 and has adopted resolutions before all Olympics since then, but member states involved in conflicts have often ignored the call for a truce.

Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Leyard to provide fine pitch LED video walls for its production of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will take place in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9-25, 2018.

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