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Korea, UN member nations promise peaceful 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics Updated: 2017-11-14 20:02:39 KST

The UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for the peaceful hosting of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Adopted by consensus on Monday, the resolution "Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal" urges countries to "ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games".

"Taking this opportunity, I would like to assure you, once again, that we, the organizing committee, together with the Korean government are committed to ensuring a safe and peaceful Olympic Games."

The "Olympic Truce", respected from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games on February 9th, 2018, and until seven days after the Paralympic Games end in mid-March, also seeks to cease all conflicts during the sporting event.
It also urges countries to take the opportunity to foster and encourage concrete actions that promote dialogue and reconciliation.

"I firmly believe that PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will help spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world, the graceful and universal language of sport."

Though the Olympic Truce has been adopted every two years ahead of the summer and winter Olympics since the early 1990s, this resolution comes at a significant time, given the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula over North Korea's continued nuclear and missile provocations.

And with all 193 UN member states, including North Korea, approving the resolution, Lee Hee-beom, head of the organizing committee for the PyeongChang Games, said he hoped that it will "lead to a chain reaction for the promotion of peace within the region and beyond" as the first of three consecutive Olympic Games to be held in Northeast Asia.

The South Korean delegation, which includes Seoul's Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Do Jong-hwan, and figure-skating gold medalist Kim Yuna, will join a number of promotional activities in New York for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics through Tuesday.
Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.
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