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UN's Guterres urges ceasefire in conflict areas, unity in COVID-19 fight

Antonio Guterres has instructed the UN Secretary General’s special envoys in every conflict zone to work for a global ceasefire.

FILE: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 December 2019. Picture: @UNGeneva/Twitter.

PRETORIA - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged warring parties across the planet today down arms and support the fight against COVID-19.

He described the pandemic as the common enemy and a threat to all mankind.

Antonio Guterres has instructed the UN Secretary-General’s special envoys in every conflict zone to work for a global ceasefire.

This is ahead of a $2-billion appeal he’s making to stop the pandemic spreading into refugee camps caused by fighting around the world.

Libya is leading by example.

The UN-backed Government of National Accord and the Russian-backed rebels led by Khalifa Haftar have agreed to a ceasefire to allow the medics to fight CORONA 19.

Guterres said that he hoped the ceasefire would become immediate and permanent.

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.