UN head called upon to observe the Olympic Truce
The main appeal of the Olympic Truce is that, in the name of universal values, to overcome political differences.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has paid an official visit to South Korea, where he will hold a series of meetings with the leadership of this country, and then travel to Pyongchang for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games. On the eve of the opening of the competition, Guterres appealed for the Olympic truce, the UN official website reported.
"I urge all parties of the conflicts to observe the Olympic Truce during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The main message of the Olympic Truce is that, in the name of our common human values, we are able to overcome political differences. This task is more than ever relevant for the Korean peninsula," said the Secretary General, whose words are on the website.
He noted that the Olympic Truce is a tradition that goes back to the ancient Greece - was established in order to enable athletes and fans to safely reach the venue of the competition. "Let the light of the Olympic flame become a beacon of people's solidarity. Let the Olympic Truce serve to spread the culture of peace," Antonio Guterres stressed.
The tradition of the Olympic truce - "ekecheiria" - dates back to the IX century BC, when, according to the prediction of the Delphic oracle in Ancient Greece, the feuds and wars that had already led to the death of the Peloponnese were stopped and competitions of athletes from the feuding tribes were held. The General Assembly of the United Nations in 1993 revived this ancient tradition.
The Olympics will be held from February 9 to 25 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The competition will be attended by 2,900 athletes and official representatives from 95 countries.