Sun­cheon fo­rum adopts peace dec­la­ra­tion

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL -

About 300 in­ter­na­tional peace ex­perts gath­ered in Sun­cheon, a South Je­olla Prov­ince city about 415 kilo­me­ters south of Seoul, this week to at­tend the 2019 Sun­cheon Peace Fo­rum, mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

Af­ter wrap­ping up the fo­rum at the Sun­cheon Bay In­ter­na­tional Wet­land Cen­ter on Thurs­day, Sun­cheon Mayor Heo Seok an­nounced the Sun­cheon Peace Dec­la­ra­tion call­ing for the world to sup­port a peace process un­der­way on the Korean Penin­sula, they said.

Key fo­rum par­tic­i­pants in­cluded for­mer Ja­pa­nese Prime Min­is­ter Yukio Ha­toyama; Ethiopia’s Am­bas­sador to Korea Shiferaw Shigute; Song Jae-hun, chair­man of the 2019 Sun­cheon Peace Fo­rum; and Sohn Jie-ae, for­mer Seoul bu­reau chief of CNN.

The Sun­cheon Peace Dec­la­ra­tion ex­pressed full sup­port for the lat­est peace process on the Korean Penin­sula and urged all the rel­e­vant coun­tries to make greater ef­forts with an open-minded at­ti­tude. It also called for con­crete mea­sures to achieve the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the world, in­clud­ing the Korean Penin­sula, say­ing de­nu­cle­ariza­tion should con­trib­ute to trust-build­ing and se­cu­rity in North­east Asia.

“Lo­cal gov­ern­ments and civic groups, as well as the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, are re­quired to in­crease their roles and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the peace ef­forts. Sun­cheon will play a lead­ing role in those ef­forts,” Heo said.

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