UN scribe, Antonio Guterres has made a global appeal for an “immediate ceasefire” to protect civilians trapped in conflict zones from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic.
Guterres urged warring parties to “end the sickness of war and fight the disease that is ravaging our world.”
“It is time to put the armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives,” Guterres said. “Silence the guns; stop the artillery; end the airstrikes,” UN Secretary-General added.
Antonio Guterres went further to state that “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.”.
He made a brief speech at UN headquarters in New York, without naming any country and said UN special envoys would work with the rival groups towards a stop in the fighting, which was crucial to help create corridors for life-saving aid and open channels for diplomacy.
Antonio Guterres said the world needed to suppress the disease and to address its
dramatic economic and social impacts, and “we can only do it if we do it together, if we do it in a coordinated way, if we do it with intense solidarity and cooperation and that is the raison d’etre of the United Nations itself,” he says.
There are more than 350,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus worldwide, and over 15,000 death.
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