UN Security Council adopts resolution to halt all conflicts amid virus

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Global cease-fire to be valid for 90 days to strengthen fight against COVID-19

The UN Security Council, on Wednesday, adopted a resolution on the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic drafted by Tunisia and France and calling for an immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations.

“This adoption follows a long process of negotiations spanning more than four months since it was submitted in its Tunisian version to members of the Security Council in March 2020,” the Presidency of the Republic said in a statement.

The resolution calls “upon all parties to armed conflicts to engage immediately in a durable humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days, in order to enable the safe, unhindered and sustained delivery of humanitarian assistance.”

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday urging a 90-day global cease-fire to strengthen the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The resolution passed after months of fruitless negotiations since the beginning of the pandemic and calls for “an immediate cessation of hostilities in all situations.”

The first call for a global cease-fire was voiced March 23 by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The draft resolution virtually voted because of the virus and will not include the fight against ISIS/Daesh, Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, and individuals and groups linked to those terrorist organizations.


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