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* Date : 2020-06-30

"The Diplomats Talk on the Korean War & Peace" - PART 2

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 2 discusses proposals for peace on the Korean Peninsula from Ambassadors of countries such as Sweden, which was the first country to send medical support to S. Korea; Germany, which was divided into East and West Germany at the time, and sent medical support to North and South Korea respectively; Turkey, which sent combat troops to S. Korea; India, which not only sent medical aid to S. Korea but also served as the chair of the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission discussing the repatriation of prisoners of war, a major issue for the Korean War Armistice; Belgium which sent a unit solely made up of volunteers to protect S. Korea; Denmark, which sent the medical ship Jutlandia to S. Korea; and Ethiopia, which sent their elite royal military unit, the Kagnew Battalion, to help S. Korea.

Jakob HALLGREN, the Ambassador of Sweden to S. Korea expressed hopes that the inter-Korean peace process, which began with the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics but has now come to a halt will resume, requesting that the leaders of the two Koreas come back to the negotiating table.

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Stephan AUER, the Ambassador of Germany to S. Korea reminisced about Germany which was divided East and West and each helped North and South Korea respectively during the Korean War. He expressed hope for a peaceful reunification on the Korean Peninsula saying that he sincerely wished Korean friends will be able to celebrate reunification, peace and freedom in the near future.

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The Ambassador of Turkey to S. Korea, Ersin ERÇÍN, said the Korean War was one of the most unique wars for politics and military history amid a polarized world order right after the Cold War. He said that the United Nations was successful in countering threats through multilateral cooperation among 16 member nations, and emphasized the importance of a global response saying that the Korean War showed that a global threat can be overcome through global cooperation.

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The Ambassador of India to S. Korea, Sripriya RANGANATHAN, said India has always fully supported the S. Korean government’s efforts to bring about lasting peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Ambassador also gave a direction to overcome the current stalemate in inter-Korean ties, adding hopes that the leaders of the two Koreas can resume progress through dialogue and communication for lasting peace.

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The Ambassador of Belgium to S. Korea, Peter LESCOUHIER, said that we need patience and we need to refrain from any kind of words or action that could cause tension. He said that in order for North Korea’s leader to change his mind and prepare for a country that develops economically and prospers, he must abandon nuclear weapons so that UN sanctions can be lifted. Saying that UN sanctions will remain as long as N. Korea continues to develop nuclear weapons, the Ambassador presented a message against war and for peace for the two Koreas.

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The Ambassador of Denmark to S. Korea, Einar JENSEN, said war is always a tragedy and a terrible calamity created by mankind. He asked for peaceful talks between the leaders of the two Koreas while expressing hopes for peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula based on peaceful dialogue and mutual will.

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The Ambassador of Ethiopia to S. Korea, Shiferaw Shigutie WOLASSA, expressed hopes that the talks which began in 2018 will bear fruit as we all know how destructive war is. While requesting that the leaders of the two Koreas resume dialogue, he said that if both sides continue to talk and try to resolve the problem peacefully, it will bring sustainable peace and solidarity on the Korean Peninsula.

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#Jakob HALLGREN / Ambassador of Sweden to S. Korea
#Stephan AUER / Ambassador of Germany to S. Korea
#Ersin ERÇÍN / Ambassador of Turkey to S. Korea
#Sripriya RANGANATHAN / Ambassador of India to S. Korea
#Peter LESCOUHIER / Ambassador of Belgium to S. Korea
#Einar JENSEN / Ambassador of Denmark to S. Korea
#Shiferaw Shigutie WOLASSA / Ambassador of Ethiopia to S. Korea


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