UN Sec.Gen. Calls For Global Ceasefire In Face Of Pandemic


(The Guardian) "Silence the guns": UN calls for global ceasefire to fight Covid-19
Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary general, has appealed for an immediate global ceasefire, calling on an end to all armed conflicts so that the world can instead focus on fighting Coronavirus.

(The Guardian's Afghanistan correspondent), Akhtar Mohammad Makoii, has transcribed Gutteres’s speech: The world faces a common enemy: Covid19. The virus doesn’t care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all relentlessly.

Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world. The most vulnerable - women and children, people with disabilities, the marginalised and displaced - pay the highest price. They are also at the highest risk of suffering devastating losses from Covid-19.

Let’s not forget that in war ravaged countries health systems have collapsed. Heath professionals, already few in number, have often been targeted. Refugees and others displaced by violent conflict are doubly vulnerable. The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war.

That is why today I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.

To warring parties, I say: pull back from hostilities. Put aside mistrust and animosity. Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes.

This is crucial to help create corridors for life saving aids. To open precious windows for diplomacy. To bring hope to places among the most vulnerable to Covid-19.

Let us take inspiration from coalitions and dialogue slowing taking shape among rival parties in some parts to enable joint approaches to Covid-19. But we need much more. End the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.

It starts by stopping the fighting everywhere, now. That is what our human family needs, now more that ever.

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