The ‘Korea Peace Appeal’s Action to Gather Signatures from Local Governors and Local Assembly Members,' led by the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign, is spreading nationwide.
Local governors, city mayors and education superintendents from not only the border regions of Gangwon-do, Gyeonggi-do and the city of Incheon, but also the capital city of Seoul, Sejong-city, and several cities in Jeollabuk-do, have participated in signing to the Appeal and in subsequent publicity through the posting of photographs in support of the Korea Peace Appeal. Local assembly members of Gangwon-do, Gyeonggi-do, Seoul, Jeollabuk-do, Jeju-do, the cities of Jeonju, Gimje, Pyeongtaek, Daejeon and Sejong have also participated in signing the Appeal and posting photos.
Local assemblies across the country, including the Incheon Metropolitan Council and the Gyeonggido Assembly, several local assemblies in Jeollabuk-do, the Busan Metropolitan Council, and the Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council, have adopted resolutions one after another, calling for a declaration to end the Korean War and establish peace on the peninsula.
Jeong Seung-hyun, chairman of the Steering Committee of the Gyeonggido Assembly, said, "Gyeonggi-do is a symbolic region where the DMZ is located, which has been a place of division and confrontation, and we are making many efforts, including the formation of a special committee to promote inter-Korean exchange." He stated, “We will do our best to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
Park Nam-chun, Mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City, also added his signature, saying that he fully agreed with the purpose of the Korea Peace Appeal. “After the Panmunjom Declaration, Incheon, a border region, has seen what peace can achieve.The experience reaffirmed that easing military tensions in the border region can lead to the actual implementation of peace,” he said.
Kim Jung-tae, chairman of the steering committee of the Seoul Metropolitan Council, stated, "I participated in the signing to represent the will and desire of the citizens of Seoul who want to see dialogue resumed to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula." He also stated, “I sincerely hope that safety and happiness for our citizens will be achieved based on peace not war”. The Seoul Metropolitan Council held a Korea Peace Appeal signature campaign before its plenary session on May 4 and around 80 members of the council participated.
Won Chang-mook, Mayor of Wonju-city in Gangwon-do, shared his thoughts, “I hope that we will end this war in our name and it will open a new era of peace with people around the world.”
Lee Chun-hee, Mayor of Sejong Special Self-Governing City stated, "I am participating in the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign, hoping that dialogue between the two Koreas will resume, based on the spirit of the Panmunjom Declaration that touched the world.'' Members of Sejong City Council and Pyeongtaek City Council also posted their signatures on social media, encouraging citizens to participate.
Choi Gyo-jin, governor of education of the Sejong Special Self-Governing City, said that he joined the campaign, held in front of Sejong City Hall during his lunchtime, and stated, "Recalling how I felt touched three years ago, I vowed, together with the citizens, to create a peaceful Korean Peninsula." Min Byeong-hee, governor of education of Gangwon-do, stated, “We want our children to live as confident global citizens in a peaceful world,” and emphasized, "Peace is the most important value that we can pass on to the next generation."
Guk Joo-young, the Jeollabuk-do Provincial Council representative who proposed the resolution calling for an end to the Korean War, stressed that, “Our nation suffered the tragedy of a fratricidal war caused by the power struggle between great powers, and the Korean War resulted in 6 million casualties and 10 million separated families.” He also stated, “We can fundamentally eliminate the threat of war only when we end the 68-year-old Armistice Agreement and conclude a peace agreement.” Gang Dong-hwa, chairman of the Jeonju City Council, appealed, “Let’s end the war and move towards peace.” He asked for citizens’ participation stating, “I hope, along with 660,000 Jeonju citizens, that Korean people leave behind the tragic history of the Korean War and move toward an era of harmony and peace.”
Kim Seung-hwan, education superintendent of Jeollabuk-do, added his signature emphasizing that “what the Korean Peninsula needs is not war, but peace.” Park Jun-bae, Mayor of Gimje-city, stated that he fully supported the purpose of the Korea Peace Appeal. "Let's make the Korean Peninsula and the world free of nuclear weapons and nuclear threats," he said. Kang Im-joon, Mayor of Gunsan-city, also participated in the signing and shared his belief that “this land must never see another war.”
The Korea Peace Appeal Campaign emphasized, “We will have a greater impact if voices from all over the country unite as one to demand peace and an end to the Korean War,” and stated, “We will continue to gather signatures from local governors, city mayors, and members of local assemblies across the country to magnify the call for an end to the Korean War.”