Suncheon forum adopts peace declaration
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.