South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on the international community to support Seoul's efforts to declare a formal end to the Korean War.
In a congratulatory speech at the 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial conference on Tuesday, Moon stressed that the end-of-war declaration was the first step to peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The end-of-war declaration is the first step toward peace and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Through it we can create a new order of reconciliation and cooperation, achieve peace on the Korean Peninsula, and going forward establish peace in Northeast Asia and the world and I hope the international community will join us in achieving this.
Moon also said the country would do more for UN peacekeeping operations around the world to help war-torn nations build lasting peace.
He vowed to dispatch more medical personnel to the nation's peacekeeping units as well as provide more equipment to UN peacekeeping operations around the globe.
South Korea's Defense Minister Suh Wook further elaborated on the country's pledges to contribute to UN peacekeeping missions.
This includes a plan to offer 16 500MD helicopters for operations in Africaas well as a plan to provide an additional 1 million U.S. dollars to the peacekeeping trust fund. which will be partially used to facilitate a UN smart camp.
The 2021 Seoul UN Peacekeeping Ministerial meeting is being held virtually for two days from December 7th to the 8th.
The forum brings together foreign and defense ministers from 155 countries as well as other senior officials and related international organizations.
This evening, on the second day of the meeting, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to give a special speechbefore the closing ceremony.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.