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Oct 17, 2011 1:06 PM by Gene Cotton

UN urges truce during 2012 Olympics in London

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - All 193 U.N. member states have agreed to a resolution urging all countries to observe a truce during next summer's Olympic Games in London.

It is the first time every member country has joined in co-sponsoring the Olympic Truce resolution aimed at creating a violence-free world for competitors and mobilizing young people to the cause of peace.

The resolution urges all countries to observe a truce during the July 27-Aug.12 Olympics and the Aug. 29-Sept. 9 Paralympics. It was adopted by consensus Monday in the General Assembly to loud applause.

Former Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe, the London organizing committee chairman, said the unprecedented support "is a testament to the relevance of the truce and the Olympic games in a time of global challenges."

 

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