Sunday 21 January 2018

Russia seeks Olympics truce period

The Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi next year (AP)
The Winter Olympics will take place in Sochi next year (AP)

Russia has introduced a resolution in the UN General Assembly calling for a traditional, symbolic truce around the period of the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The resolution is expected to pass by acclamation.

It calls for all countries to observe a truce from a week before the games until a week after they close "to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage, access and participation for athletes and relevant persons at the Games".

The Olympics run from February 7-23; the Paralympics are from March 7-16.

Similar resolutions have had little impact on world conflicts during past Olympics. Russia and Georgia fought over South Ossetia during the summer Olympics of 2008.

AP

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