Presbyterian Church of Korea (PCK) were among the churches and councils of churches worldwide endorsing a Joint Ecumenical Message marking the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, delivered during a live-streamed event on 22 June. The statement called for an immediate formal declaration to the end of the Korean War, and swift steps towards adoption of a peace treaty to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement, as a starting point for progress towards peace on the Korean Peninsula. Fulfilment of these, the statement noted, is expected to contribute to “enhancing conditions for pragmatic dialogue and negotiation on current realities on the Peninsula”.
The statement was also an appeal to:
- Suspend and cancel any further military exercises in the region;
- Resume dialogue between North and South Korea, and between the USA and North Korea, with the encouragement and support of other states who were involved in the Korean War;
- Normalise diplomatic relations between North Korea and the USA.
This year, the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and World Council of Churches had been observing “We Pray, Peace Now, End the War”, a global prayer campaign for a formal end to the Korean War and the replacement of the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a peace treaty.