Bishops’ symposium calls for peace treaty in Korea

Bishops’ symposium calls for peace treaty in Korea

Calls for a peace treaty between North and South Korea were made last week as the countries are still technically at war.

A symposium organised by South Korean bishops saw several speakers calling for a new peace agreement to replace a 64-year-old truce.

Hak-jae Kim, a researcher at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University, told the symposium that a peace accord would help usher in better relations with North Korea.

He said it remains shocking that Koreans continue to live under a truce put in place at the end of the Korean War in 1953. The truce was originally seen only as temporary measure.

Bishop Peter Lee Ki-heon of Uijeongbu, president of the bishops’ committee, said that the past two South Korean administrations had suppressed the Catholic Church’s activities for the reconciliation of the Korean people.

“We could do nearly nothing,” Bishop Lee said. “I hope the new government led by Timothy Moon Jae-in solves the inter-Korean problems very well.”