UN General Assembly calls for global truce during Sochi Games

The UN General Assembly has called for a global truce during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in a symbolic Olympic truce resolution.

The UN General Assembly has called for a global truce during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games in a symbolic Olympic truce resolution.

"The resolution calls on member states to observe a truce individually and collectively from the beginning of the Olympic Games until the end of the Paralympic Games in Sochi in winter 2014 within the framework of the UN Charter," the Sochi 2014 organizing committee said.

The resolution reminded member countries that the traditional Olympic truce helped stop conflicts for the period, which begins seven days before the Olympic Games and ends seven days after their closure.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the resolution submitted by Russia to the 68th session of the UN General Assembly.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach stressed that sports should become an element of global peacekeeping efforts.

He also asked all states not to appeal for boycotting the Sochi Winter Games.

Appeals for boycotting the Sochi Games were made in the West after the State Duma adopted a law in June 2013 to prohibit homosexuality propaganda amongst minors.

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