Posted: Friday January 31, 2014 2:02 PM

UN chief calls for observance of Olympic truce

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UNITED NATIONS (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing for a global observance of the Olympic truce period, calling especially for a cease in hostilities in Syria, South Sudan and Central African Republic.

The U.N. General Assembly adopted a symbolic resolution calling for the truce in November, as it has for each Olympics since 1993. Countries have continued fighting wars whether the Olympics are on or not.

Ban says ''the Olympic Truce is rooted in the hope that if people and nations can put aside their differences for one day, they can build on that to establish more lasting cease-fires.''

He said in a statement Friday that his ''thoughts are with the people of Syria, the Central African Republic, South Sudan'' and the victims of December bombings in Volgograd, Russia.
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