* Date : 2020-07-27
On November 20, 1950 India dispatched the 60 Para Field Ambulance to the Korean War. Based on deep camaraderie, Korea and India have maintained friendly relations since then. After the Korean War Armistice, the other important role that India played, which was to actively take part in trying to resolve the repatriation of Korean War prisoners of war as a neutral country, is relatively lesser known. The United Nations established the Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission (NNRC) based on India’s recommendation after the armistice, and the repatriation of POWs was arranged with India playing a leading role as the NNRC chair. India played the important role of coming up with a compromise plan for the two sides who had sharp differences and persuading the POWs to choose a 3rd neutral country for repatriation. We take a look at India’s activities for peace on the Korean Peninsula after the Korean War from July 27, when the armistice agreement was signed, with Ambassador of India to S. Korea, Sripriya RANGANATHAN.