UN Reports First Positive Responses To Call For Ceasefires
Faizan Hashmi 7 days ago Fri 27th March 2020 | 01:30 AM
United Nations, United States, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Mar, 2020 ) :The United Nations said Thursday it has received its first positive responses to its call for warring parties around the world to observe a ceasefire so as to allow for a better response to the coronavirus pandemic.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued the call Monday in a bid to protect civilians, the idea being that in war-ravaged countries like Yemen and Syria -- largely spared so far by the virus -- the health care systems are already in ruins and spread of the pathogen would be catastrophic.
In Cameroon, two mainly English-speaking separatist regions of the Central African country have been fighting the government in the also French-speaking country for three years in a war that has left more than 3,000 people dead, many of them civilians.
"The secretary-general also hopes that this will serve as an example across the world to silence the guns and come together as we face the global threat of COVID-19," said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.