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 General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid called on 193 UN member states to take concrete action to promote peace during the Winter Olympics next month in Beijing, AP reported.

Shahid also called on all warring parties in conflicts around the world to boldly agree to a real mutual ceasefire during the Olympic Truce called for by the General Assembly.

On December 2, the GA adopted by consensus a resolution reminiscent of the ancient Greek tradition of Ekecheiria, calling for an Olympic Truce, encouraging peace and ensuring the safe passage and participation of athletes in the Games, thereby mobilizing the youth of the world for the cause of peace.

The resolution calls on Member States to observe the Olympic Truce individually and collectively the week before the start of the 24th Winter Olympic Games in Beijing and the week after the Paralympic Games.

The Olympic Games are held from 4 to 20 February and the Paralympic Games from 4 to 13 March.

Shahid's address calls on all countries to take concrete action at the local, national, regional and global levels to promote and strengthen a culture of peace and harmony based on the spirit of the Olympic Truce.

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