Peace against Asia-Pacific Maritime Militarization
ÖRK Vollversammlung in Pusan 30.10.-8.11.2013
From our friends at the PSPD in Korea we received the following message (2013.10.28):
"... we are now calling for the issue of a Public Statement for Peace against Asia-Pacific Maritime Militarisation, which will include Gangjeong naval base construction issue. In this regards, Gangjeong Village Association, Jeju Pan-Island Committee for Stop of Military Base and for Realization of Peace Island / National Network of Korean Civil Society for Opposing to the Naval Base in Jeju Island issued an open letter to delegates of member churches and Public Issue Committee of the WCC."
Gangjeong Village Association
Jeju Pan-Island Committee for Stop of Military Base and for Realization of Peace Island
National Network of Korean Civil Society for Opposing to the Naval Base in Jeju Island
28 October 2013
To: World Council of Churches
Delegates of Member Churches
Public Issues Committee
Re: Calling for the Issue of a Public Statement for Peace against Asia-Pacific Maritime Militarization - “Guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:79)
We are writing to urge the delegates of Member Churches of the World Council of Churches (WCC) to seriously consider issuing a public statement on building peace in the Asia-Pacific against maritime militarization. Today, we are witnessing a rise of militarism under the name of peace and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific. Tension between the economic and military expansion of China and the corresponding the U.S. “Asian Pivot” strategy has sparked an escalation in the war-profit industry and an arms race for global military dominance. This has left in its wake conflict and suffering, and the destruction of land, cultures, and traditions across the Asia-Pacific. These false idols of security and economic expansion runs counter to the justice, peace, and life that are the core values of the World Council of Churches and Christians everywhere.