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Observe global ceasefire – Ban Ki-moon

SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
UNITED Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has called on warring parties worldwide to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire.
Dr Ban said in a speech read for him by UN Zambia information centre officer Charles Nondo during the commemoration of this year’s International Day of Peace that there is need to have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity prevailing in the world.
The commemoration was held under the theme ‘Partnerships for Peace: Dignity for All’ held at Peace Embassy yesterday.
“There is no group more poised to help realise this dream than today’s young people. They are part of the largest generation of youth in history, more aware and connected than any before. I urge all governments to make great investments in realising the potentially massive contributions of the world’s young peacebuilders,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Gerry Chanda said the declaration of Zambia as a “peaceful nation” always has a profound meaning for the people as this comes with their sacrifice.
“This commemoration is therefore a significant partnership that generates trust, respect and love as the foundation for all sustainable interaction. Without this bondage, there can be no family, business or development,” he said.
Transparency International Zambia executive director Goodwell Lungu said his organisation is directly linked to promoting transparency, accountability and integrity.
And earlier, Universal Peace Federation Zambia chapter chairman General Malimba Masheke urged people in the country to build peace by effectively starting in their homes.



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