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The truce calls for the "safe passage" of athletes and officials to the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics and for member states to adopt Olympic values of promoting peace.

"Just as the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul contributed to the dismantling of the eastern and western camps and the Cold War era, the Government could promote peace on the Korean peninsula through the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and further promote peace and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula".

PyeongChang 2018 President Hee Beom Lee presented the truce before the General Assembly, and South Korean gold medalist Kim Yu Na spoke of the "role of sport and the Olympic ideal in promoting peace". It urges United Nations member states to observe the truce for seven days before the Games begin on February 9 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end March 18.

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In his words, "Only the United Nations member states can guarantee the athletes the safe passage to the Olympic Games".

It also expressed expectation that the PyeongChang Olympics "will be a meaningful opportunity to foster an atmosphere of peace, development, tolerance and understanding on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia". "I strongly believe this is the spirit of the Olympic Games, and it represents the potential and the power of sport". "Indeed PyeongChang represents the most honest efforts to cross borders between south and north and foster a peaceful environment".

"We are thrilled to be selected by NBC Olympics for their coverage of the 2018 Winter Games", said Adam Schmidt, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Leyard International. The pair's participation in the Games is now up to the North Korean Olympic committee.

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"In our fragile world that is drifting apart, the Olympic Games have the power to unite humanity in all its diversity", Bach said. "For them to participate is a sign that we'll have safe and secure and good Games", Do Jong-hwan, South Korea's minister of culture, sports and tourism, said at an event organised by the New York-based Korea Society.

The Ministry of Unification said on the adoption of the resolution, "We look forward to North Korea being receptive in creating a path to peace on the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the worldwide community".

"Although North Korea hasn't given an official response yet, we are very hopeful that they will compete".

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