Organized by Asia Pacific Forum with the Reunification Committee, National Association of Korean United Methodists, United Methodist Women and the General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church
It has been over 60 years since the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. This armistice agreement 1953 only temporarily halted the war that claimed 4 million lives and divided 10 million families. “This lingering state of war on the Korean peninsula is a major contributor to tension and instability, both regionally and globally, and contravenes the spirit of the United Nations Resolution 39/11 which recognizes a people’s right to peace.” The agreement’s main aim was to “insure a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved”. That final peaceful settlement has not been achieved. To the contrary, the tension and conflict in the Korean Peninsula continues today. Consequently, the people of the divided peninsula, and of Koreans around the world, continues today to pay the devastating human cost for this unended war. This workshop will look at the history of this unjust and unnecessary tension and identify effective ways to promote what makes for a just, lasting and durable peace in the peninsula, especially in US and Korea policies. The workshop will prepare participants for advocacy on Capitol Hill during EAD, and also around the time of the anniversary of the armistice agreement on July 27.
- Prof. Suh Jae Jung, Korea Studies Program, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies