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Russia seeks Olympics truce period

Russia has introduced a resolution in the UN General Assembly calling for a traditional, symbolic truce around the period of the Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games in Sochi.

The resolution is expected to pass by acclamation.

It calls for all countries to observe a truce from a week before the games until a week after they close "to encourage a peaceful environment and ensure safe passage, access and participation for athletes and relevant persons at the Games".

The Olympics run from February 7-23; the Paralympics are from March 7-16.

Similar resolutions have had little impact on world conflicts during past Olympics. Russia and Georgia fought over South Ossetia during the summer Olympics of 2008.

AP

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