Posted: Oct 17, 2011 11:06 AM by Gene Cotton
Updated: Oct 17, 2011 11:12 AM
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."