United Nations adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang Winter Olympics


United Nations adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Lee Hee Beom, president of the South Korean organizing committee, said the resolution signifies the General Assembly's "strong wish that Pyeongchang will provide the window of opportunity to foster an environment conducive to building and sustaining peace on the Korean peninsula, and in northeast Asia". This resolution, which Moon submitted during a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in September, was largely drafted by the South Korean government and was co-sponsored by more than 140 countries, including the US, China, Japan and Russian Federation. The Olympic Truce, which traces back to the Ekecheiria (a truce held during the Olympics in ancient Greece), has been an Olympic tradition since it passed the UN General Assembly in October 1993 and took force during the Lillehammer Winter Olympics the next year.

Following the adoption of the resolution, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach spoke of the "special significance" the resolution will carry for the athletes in PyeongChang.

Korean champion figure skater Kim Yu-na address the United Nations General Assembly after the country submitted a resolution calling for peace through sports and Olympic ideals on Monday at the UN headquarters in NY.

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.

Recent tensions with North Korea have raised concerns that this year's event could be marred by aggression from the nearby power, who orchestrated attacks during the 1988 Olympics and 2002 World Cup hosted by South Korea. "Only the UN Member States can guarantee the athletes a safe passage to the Olympic Games".

The resolution calls for the Olympic Truce to be respected from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games in February 2018 until seven days after the Paralympic Games.

PyeongChang 2018 slopestyle course
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The truce was passed by consensus in the General Assembly, including both North and South Korea.

In this photo captured from official UN footage, former South Korean figure skating champion Kim Yu-na addresses the UN General Assembly in NY on November 13, 2017.

Kim said she experienced "the same spirit and power" as a 10-year-old watching the South Korean and North Korean delegations jointly enter the arena at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. "Indeed, PyeongChang represents perhaps the most honest effort to cross the frozen border between the South and North and to foster a peaceful environment".

"The IOC has expressed their willingness to support North Korea in terms of training costs and other costs related to participating at the Games", Do said. The South Korean government has reportedly looked into whether the suspension of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile activity and the reduction of the South Korea-US joint military exercises could be a starting point for dialogue on the North Korean nuclear issue. It simply said "Korea".

Lee said that PyeongChang is ready to "welcome the world" for the 2018 Olympics with all construction done and the Olympic Flame touring the country. The lucky 20 will receive a gift of the "Moon Jae-in watch" which includes the president's signature.