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Sat Apr 19 21:36:37 SAST 2014

U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon to carry Olympic torch on Thursday

Reuters | 24 July, 2012 20:270 Comments
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will carry the Olympic torch (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will carry the Olympic torch on Thursday during the final leg of its relay in London, his spokesman said on Tuesday. "At the invitation of the London Olympic Organising

Committee and the International Olympic Committee, he will carry the Olympic torch on the final leg of its journey in the United Kingdom in the presence of the president of the IOC," Ban's spokesman Eduardo del Buey told reporters in New York.

Ban will also attend the Olympic games opening ceremony on Friday and take part in events to promote an Olympic truce between warring countries during the games.

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