Korea Peace Appeal Campaign has sent a letter to embassies to the ROK of UN security council members and the countries participated in Korean War. Korea Peace Appeal Campaign has appealed to each government to express support for a formal end to the Korean War in its statement at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021 as well as at the UNGA’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security in October 2021.
2021 Open Letter to Embassies to the ROK in advance of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly and the International Day of Peace
15 September 2021
May this letter find you at peace.
We would like to express our gratitude in anticipation of your government’s continued efforts for a peaceful resolution of the Korean Peninsula conflict.
We are writing to you on behalf of the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign. We call on your government to express support for a formal end to the Korean War in its statement at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2021 as well as at the UNGA’s First Committee on Disarmament and International Security in October 2021.
The Korea Peace Appeal campaign is a signature campaign with the aim of ending the Korean War. In July 2020, religious groups and NGOs in South Korea launched the campaign to formally end the Korean War and achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula by collecting 100 million signatures to the Korea Peace Appeal from 2020, the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, to 2023, the 70th anniversary of the armistice agreement.
We appeal to the UN and to the governments of the countries involved in the Korean War to end the Korean War and establish a peace agreement; create a Korean Peninsula and a world free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat; resolve the conflict with dialogue and cooperation instead of sanctions and pressure; and break from the vicious cycle of the arms race and invest in human security and environmental sustainability.
Thirty years ago in September 1991, South and North Korea became members of the United Nations and also engaged in inter-Korean dialogue for reconciliation and cooperation. North and South Korea negotiated the Agreement on Reconciliation, Non-aggression and Exchanges and Cooperation between the South and the North and the Joint Declaration on the Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, both signed in 1991 and effective as of 1992. However, after seven decades of living under the armistice agreement, a vicious arms race continues on the Korean peninsula and the risk of nuclear war remains.
It is time to End the Korean War.
In commemoration of the two Koreas’ UN membership and the International Day of Peace, we call on the international community to support formally ending the Korean War. We witnessed the possibility of an end to the hostile relations and beginning of a new era of cooperation and reconciliation on the peninsula and in the region in 2018. While the peace process has been at an impasse, we must not go back to the days dominated by hostility and anxiety but break through the deadlock by ending the unresolved war.
Cooperation beyond borders has become all the more important in the age of COVID-19 and the climate crisis. The two Koreas should be working together to respond to the pandemic for the good of public health and to advance sustainable development responsive to human needs in the region.
Let’s change the Korean Peninsula from a symbol of confrontation and conflict into a birthplace of peace and coexistence together with peace-loving people around the world.
We imagine a future where the people of the Korean Peninsula, East Asia and the world cooperate and coexist peacefully. We hope our resources will be used for people’s safety and happiness, for environmental sustainability and a society without discrimination instead of preparing for war. Now, let’s end the Korean War now with our own hands and let’s make a future that could not be achieved for the last 70 years. Let’s shout out loudly together so that our desperate wish for peace reverberates around the world.
On the upcoming International Day of Peace, we are eager to hear voices spread throughout the United Nations supporting a formal end to the Korean War.
Korea Peace Appeal Campaign
Honorary Representatives of the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign
Co-Representatives of the Korea Peace Appeal Campaign