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Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Olympic Truce?

Jan Eliasson, the president of the UN General Assembly has asked that all countries attempt to live by the ancient Greek tradition of a two-week period of peace during the forthcoming Winter Olympics, which begin in Turin this Friday.

Eliasson issued a statement calling for "measures to ensure a peaceful global environment for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games."

In January the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, urged all warring factions to lay down their arms during the Games, saying that the Olympics offer a long enough period "for the protagonists and people who are destroying their own countries and killing each other to pause for a moment, look around them and see what damage they are doing."

Given the current situation in the Middle East, I don't see much hope of that.

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