Towards Sustainable Peace: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement

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Last week, Pax Christi Korea and its stakeholders came together to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement (25 June 1950 to 27 July 1953). The war left the Korean Peninsula devastated, but the Armistice Agreement provided a legal foundation for peace and stability for the past seven decades.

A message from the United Nations Secretary-General

The message by the United Nations Secretary-General acknowledges the profound impact of the war, paying tribute to those who lost their lives and the countless families separated for so long. Yet, the Korean Peninsula remains divided, and with increasing geopolitical tensions, nuclear risk, and disrespect for international norms, the threat of escalation looms.

An urge for sustainable peace

The call for a surge in diplomacy for peace is urgent. Parties are urged to resume regular diplomatic contacts and foster a dialogue-conducive environment. The ultimate goals remain clear: sustainable peace and the complete, verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

The hope of the Secretary-General is for personnel and the international community to return to Pyongyang following the COVID-19 pandemic. This collective return can strengthen relations, fortify communication channels, and better support the people.

The United Nations stands steadfast as a partner in realising the vision of a Korean Peninsula where peace, prosperity, and human rights are enjoyed by all. Together, let’s work towards a brighter future for the Korean people and the world.