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Cease-fire Appeal Backed by 11 Nations, Says UN Sect'y Gen.

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U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that warring parties in 11 countries have responded positively to his appeal for a global cease-fire to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.  He called on all governments, groups and people with influence “to urge and pressure combatants around the world to put down their arms,” saying the need is urgent because “the COVID-19 storm” is now coming to all conflict areas.  “We need robust diplomatic efforts to meet these challenges,” Guterres said. “To silence the guns, we must raise the voices for peace.” He said a permanent nationwide cease-fire is essential to tackle COVID-19, noting that the appeal is “resonating” across the world, citing a growing number of endorsements for the cease-fire from 70 countries, civil society, religious leaders including Pope Francis, and more than 1 million people in an online petition organized by Avaaz.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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