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U.N. adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

2017/11/14 01:56

NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (Yonhap) -- The United Nations General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution calling for the peaceful running of the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea's PyeongChang.

The resolution, also known as the "Olympic Truce," is adopted every two years ahead of the summer and winter Olympic games to declare a truce and safe passage for all participants during the athletic events.

The PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are slated to run next year from Feb. 9-25 and March 9-18, respectively, against the backdrop of heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

In the resolution, titled "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic ideal," the General Assembly expresses "its expectation that Pyeongchang 2018 will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia."

   It also "urges member states to observe the Olympic Truce individually and collectively, within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations," throughout the period running from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games until seven days after the end of the Paralympic Games.

The PyeongChang games will be the first of three consecutive Olympic games to be held in Asia, the resolution notes, "offering possibilities of new partnership in sport and beyond for Republic of Korea, Japan and China."

   Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympics, while Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics.