Das geteilte Land - KOREA
2013 For a Peace System in Korea
Nord- und Südkorea, 2013
Borderless Intellectuals Network in Asia [firstname.lastname@example.org]
4. August 2013 14:21
Borderless Intellectuals Network in Asia
Asking to join signature campaign to end the Korean War, turning it to a "peace system"
Die ganze Erklärung (4 Sprachen) kann hier heruntergeladen werden:
Towards a Peace System in East Asia.docx; (English)
Declaration (Korean) 한국어.doc;
Korean War Declaration (Japanese).doc
Summarized_Declaration (pdf hier)
mit der Bitte zu unterschreiben.
Dear colleagues and friends,
I would like to bring your attention to what we can do together in view of the 60 years of ceasefire of the Korean War and how the war and its international impact has shaped life and politics in East Asia.
We, Professors for Democracy, and also as intellectuals promoting BINA (Borderless Intellectuals Network in Asia), appeal for your support and signing-up for the statement, For a Peace System to End the Cold War in East Asia: Towards a Region Beyond Narrow Territorialism, Nationalism, and Statism. This year marks the 60th year since the signing of armistice in 1953 at the temporary closure of the Korean War. The statement is attached as a word file.
We collect the signed-up names from July 27th until August 26th, and announce the joint statement on the occasion of an international forum to be held in Seoul on August 28th with the same theme.
Please give us your consent and support by writing to us your
Email-Adresse siehe oben.
Your solidarity is deeply appreciated.
Prof. Sungkonghoe Univ.
Dean of NGO Graduate School
Co-representative. Professors for Democracy Korea
Francis Daehoon Lee
Research Professor, Peace Studies
Ivan Facsoy Torafing
Assistant Coordinator, BINA
For a Peace System in Korea to End the Cold War in East Asia
Statement of Intellectuals in East Asia in the 60th year of the Ceasefire
Towards a Region Beyond Narrow Territorialism, Nationalism, and Statism
The year 2013 marks the 60th year of the ceasefire of the Korean War. The conflict resulted in some two million deaths in Korea and decisively transformed the post-WWII world order into a global Cold War. The Korean War has been halted for 60 years, but neither ended nor concluded with a system of peace that provides peace treaty, arms control, mechanisms of cooperation, cooperative relationships and culture of peace among constituents.
The effect of the armistice and division is not confined to North and South Koreas. The Korean Rather, the formulation of East Asia itself can be only understood in relation to a system created by the ceasefire. The Korean War and the armistice have created a continuous state of military confrontation and a trap of narrow territorialism, nationalism and statism in East Asia.
We know well that the Korean War has brought agony and misfortune beyond Korea, to the world in general and to East Asia in particular. The war’s aftermaths propelled mutual individual and social hatred in both Koreas, as well as with North Korea and the US and Japan. It forced the region to lose most of its capacity to move into a peaceful community of nations and peoples. If the system of ceasefire and division in Korea is not removed, military tension and territorial disputes will be unresolved.
Since we are deeply concerned with the contradictory militarist and nationalistic aspirations in the region, we gather here as East Asian Intellectuals with a common interest to state and propose the following.
First, we declare that radical efforts are necessary in order to transform the current confrontational ceasefire system into a lasting peace system. On the 60th anniversary of the ceasefire, special steps have to be taken to face the vicious circle of conflicts in East Asia, and to start acting to end the ceasefire system in Korea. We stress that establishing a peace system in Korea is a beginning that should ultimately lead to a ‘peace community of East Asia’.
Second, we believe that systemic transformation from ceasefire to peace should be comprehensive and include a ‘declaration’ that formally concludes the state of warfare, the signing of peace treaties by all involved states, and diplomatic normalization between the DPRK and the US and between the DPRK and Japan. The DPRK-US confrontation must end, as it is the key threat to creating a peace system in Korea and East Asia, and the two states must fully enter a treaty of non-aggression and diplomatic normalization. The US and the DPRK must stop unjustified threat towards each other and the DPRK must begin immediate and full change towards denuclearization. In the September 19th Joint Statement of 2005, the DPRK agreed to “abandon all nuclear weapons and existing nuclear plans” and in return the US agreed “not to invade DPRK either by nuclear or conventional weapons and to implement measures for diplomatic normalization”.
Third, by building a peace system, we must proceed to ‘Nuclear-Free East Asia’, which frees the region from the madness of nuclear weaponry.
Fourth, we must work together and organize ourselves to create international interventions aimed to transform the ceasefire system into a peace system, and thus create higher bottom-up influence in the region to that end.
We all need to rethink and reflect upon the oppressive, militarized domestic and international orders created by the 60 years of ceasefire. It is time to create a decisive moment of change, end the Korean War, build a peace system in Korea, and to establish peace in East Asia. In 2013, intellectuals of the many societies of East Asia join our thoughts here, before it is too late, to transform of the old system and to create a peaceful alternative.