The Next Generation Committing to Mend Wounds on the Korean Peninsula

Eric Olsen
July 30, 2013

60 years later, students representing North and South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and America, presented their views on the issue of Korean reunification. The next generation of leaders representing the nations of the six-party talks gathered to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the sing of the armistice agreement.

On July 26th, members of GPYC Korea and international students organized by KISSA, gathered in Paju City to discuss the future of the war torn peninsula of Korea.  Students representing North and South Korea, Japan, China, Russia and America, presented their views on the issue of Korean reunification. 

While some celebrate the signing of the armistice, and others like President Obama, recognize it as a “victory”, the reality for Korea is that July 27th is a reminder of their painful history.  Korea remains a nation, families still separated, a people divided, and painful wounds still bleeding.

Dialogue topics included:

  • The economies of the peninsula
  • The consequences of peace for the Korean peninsula, Northeast Asia and the world
  • The desire for peace
  • How best to achieve peace

Students were able to tangibly experience the wounds of the divided nation at the DMZ. With North Korea on one side of the fence and South Korea on the other, participants saw how close and yet so far these two nations are.

These students visit the Demilitarized Zone with their new found passion for Korean Reunification. 

Yoo Kyung Eui, Chairman of KISSA (President of the Global Peace Foundation Korea) and Saenuri Party Parliament member Kim Sangmin stood at the podium together to appeal to Korean university students and international university students from around the world to join forces. Without such cooperation, they said, Korean reunification cannot be achieved.

As representatives from the nations of the six-party talks, nations that helped sign the armistice, the university students signed their own pledge to come together committed to the peaceful resolution of the Korean War.

These students are the future leaders of the world. With their exchange of diverse experiences and ideas, their visit to the Demilitarized Zone and their new found passion for Korean Reunification, they promised to stand in solidarity for peace and reunification for a nation and a people who have been separated for so long. 

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