UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomed the measures announced by some warring parties for an immediate ceasefire in their conflicts due to the new coronavirus. He said he is seeing an emerging awareness that it is time to focus on fighting the pandemic that is plaguing humanity. Antonio Guterres issued the request for an immediate ceasefire on March 23, noting that “the fury of the virus illustrates the madness of war”. Three days later, the U. N. secretary-general said in a humanitarian report that Palestine and Israel had been able to work together to combat the virus, although “we are aware of the deep division that exists politically between the two sides”. He also noted with satisfaction that the communist guerrillas in the Philippines announced a ceasefire from Thursday to 15 April in response to his request.
The so-called New People's Army of the Philippines temporarily suspended the attacks and shifted to a defensive position. Guterres encouraged the parties involved to find a lasting political solution and end the conflict that has shaken the country for more than half a century.
In another hot spot in the world, in the last 10 years, Syria, the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced a humanitarian truce, while the government declared a curfew to deal with the virus. The SDS group is allied with the US in the fight against both the Damascus government and the extremists of the terrorist group Islamic State. Guterres added that U. N. envoys around the world are talking with the warring parties about truces and expressed a desire to “make serious progress in Yemen and Syria''; to end the conflict and combat the coronavirus. “The secretary general also hopes this will serve as an example around the world to silence the weapons and unite us as we face the global threat of COVID-19,"; said spokesman Stephane Dujarric. The Syrian conflict has been going on for ten years, while the Yemeni conflict has been going on for five years and rival Libyan governments have been fighting for almost one. Africa also faces turmoil from Somalia to Southern Sudan and the Congo. The conflict in eastern Ukraine has been going on for almost six years and Colombia has yet to make peace with the small armed groups.
Source: (Defensa, s.f.)