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Secretary-General's press briefing to update on his Appeal for A Global Ceasefire following the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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03 April 2020

Secretary-General's press briefing to update on his Appeal for A Global Ceasefire following the Outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ten days ago, I issued an appeal for an immediate ceasefire in all corners of the globe to reinforce diplomatic action, help create conditions for the delivery of lifesaving aid, and bring hope to places that are among the most vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This call was rooted in a fundamental recognition:  There should be only one fight in our world today: our shared battle against COVID-19. 
We know the pandemic is having profound social, economic and political consequences, including relating to international peace and security. 

We see it, for example, in postponement of elections or limitations on the ability to vote, sustained restrictions on movement, spiraling unemployment and other factors that could contribute to rising discontent and political tensions.

In addition, terrorist or extremist groups may take profit from the uncertainty created by the spread of the pandemic.



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"Spokesman: Benny Avni asks: Do you hope that the global ceasefire would last beyond the extent of the pandemic and last after it is... when it is hopefully gone?

Secretary-General: A ceasefire is an opportunity for diplomacy for peace. A ceasefire is an opportunity for political negotiations. A ceasefire is an opportunity for next steps to lead to permanent peace. And, so, the ceasefire has a value in itself to avoid people dying and to allow for the disease to be more effectively fought, but the ceasefire must be seen as a first step to permanent peace."

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