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The Diplomats Talk on the Korean War & Peace - PART 3

World Ch. Schedule :   KST

Date : 2020-07-07

"The Diplomats Talk on the Korean War & Peace" - PART 3

The Korean War resulted in 1,220,604 civilian and military deaths, 2,760,408 injured and 1,235,468 missing. Seventy years later, for the first time in Korean broadcast history, Ambassadors from 20 different countries to Korea will give their message of peace and against war for the two Koreas. In the current situation when inter-Korean relations are at a crossroads, the message of peace given by the 20 ambassadors is especially meaningful as they have summoned the history of the Korean War which has been written by the blood and sacrifices of their own youth 70 years ago.
In this three-part series, Part 3 discusses Colombia, which sent combat troops to support S. Korea; Norway, which operated the field hospital NORMASH in the frontlines of the Korean War; Italy, which worked to provide aid for not only injured soldiers but also civilians; Bulgaria, which sent medical staff to N. Korea on a humanitarian basis and accepted war orphans; and the Czech Republic and Poland who were neutral countries that did not send troops to the Korean War but participated as members of the NNSC (Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission).

The Ambassador of Colombia to S. Korea, Juan Carlos CAIZA ROSERO, requested a flexible response from both sides, saying the two Koreas must embrace and solidify each other’s different ways of thinking in order to prevent the recurrence of such a painful historical event as the Korean War.

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Frode SOLBERG, the Ambassador of Norway to S. Korea emphasized the importance of solidarity within the international community for peace on the Korean Peninsula, saying that a relationship that is built through difficult times is the biggest force that drives us.

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The Ambassador of Italy to S. Korea, Federico FAILLA, highlighted the importance of inter-Korean dialogue saying Italy has always supported dialogue and believes that dialogue has even greater power than a military solution.

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The Ambassador of Bulgaria to S. Korea, Petko DRAGANOV, gave support for S. Korea’s efforts towards peace on the Korean Peninsula saying the only tribute to the sacrifices of millions of people 70 years ago is to resolve tensions on the Korean Peninsula through peace and dialogue.

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The Ambassador of Poland to S. Korea, Piotr OSTASZEWSKI, emphasized the importance of inter-Korean dialogue, saying that dialogue must be always emphasized, adding that dialogue does not require any steps and when the situation becomes tough, one will know what to do through dialogue.

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Gustav SLAMEČKA, the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to S. Korea said it is our great task to remind the current generation how many lives have been sacrificed for peace in the War, emphasizing international cooperation for peace.

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#Juan Carlos CAIZA ROSERO / Ambassador of Colombia to S. Korea
#Frode SOLBERG / Ambassador of Norway to S. Korea
#Federico FAILLA / Ambassador of Italy to S. Korea
#Petko Draganov / Ambassador of Bulgaria to S. Korea
#Piotr OSTASZEWSKI / Ambassador of Poland to S. Korea
#Gustav SLAMEČKA / Ambassador of the Czech Republic to S. Korea