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State Duma intends to urge UN parliaments to back Olympic truce ideals

January 23, 2014, 15:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Legislators address: "Canons should keep silent when the ideals of sports and friendship are in the people’s minds and hearts; peaceful competition and sincere Olympic friendship should prevail"
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MOSCOW, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. On January 24, the State Duma, lower house of Russia’s parliament, intends to address international parliamentary organisations and parliaments of the U.N. countries in order to uphold the U.N. peacekeeping efforts and achieve the ideals of Olympic truce, first deputy speaker Ivan Melnikov said on Thursday.

Russian parliamentarians “express solidarity with the efforts taken by the U.N. and the International Olympic Committee and urge international parliamentary organisations and parliaments of the U.N. member-states to provide necessary and efficient support for spreading and strengthening Olympic traditions and ideals”, the address says.

“The ancient tradition of Olympic truce, which preserves its deep and humanistic essence, is one of the clearest Olympic traditions. This is of great importance in our days when the world should search for ways to settle the existing inter-ethnic and inter-confessional crises, as well as interstate conflicts,” it says.

“While the best athletes of the member-states of the international Olympic and Paralympic movement meet on sportive platforms there should be no place for violence, terrorist acts and any manifestations of hatred and animosity,” lawmakers say.

“Canons should keep silent when the ideals of sports and friendship are gotten under the people’s minds and hearts. Peace competition and sincere Olympic friendship should prevail,” the address says.

Russian parliamentarians intend to urge the counterparts “to do everything possible to observe Olympic truce in February and March 2014. This proves the common drive for settling any conflicts by political means”, the address says.

“The promotion of values and ideals of Olympic truce should bring hopes to the houses of those who can fall victim of internal conflicts and terrorist acts, who is hurt by the consequences of humanitarian catastrophes, unmanned aircraft’s attacks and ethnic cleansings, and troubles, which are provoked by wars and military clashes,” the document says.

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