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NEWS: No Olympic Truce for Afghanistan

A front-page story in today’s Globe and Mail reports, “There will be no stilling of Canadian guns in Afghanistan” during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

“Canada’s awkward plea for Olympic peace was the cornerstone of its resolution introduced yesterday at the United Nations General Assembly.”

The motion, developed by VANOC and various government departments, stated, “We appeal to UN member states … to use sport as a tool to promote peace, dialogue and reconciliation in areas of conflict during and beyond the Olympic Games period.”

“The motion was passed unanimously by delegates…”

Afterwards, VANOC head John Furlong said, “I have always felt that Canada is fighting for peace, and doing what it can for peace, wherever it can, and this is an extension of that spirit.”

The Council of Canadians had been calling on the prime minister to stop offensive military operations in Afghanistan during the Olympics as a first step to a complete withdrawal from that war.

The report is also on the CTV wesbsite at http://www.ctvolympics.ca/news-centre/newsid=17672.html.