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From Armistice to Peace Treaty: A Step Towards Ending the Korean War

Join the National Association of Korean Americans and other organizations as we commemorate the 58th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice and hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the nameless spirits who sacrificed their lives during and since the Korean War, and to demand a permanent peace settlement on the Korean Peninsula.

On July 27, 1953, the U.S. signed an Armistice agreement with China and North Korea to temporarily halt the fighting that claimed 4 million lives and divided 10 million families, pending a formulation of a peace treaty. Despite the desire of people in North and South Korea for peace and reconciliation, no peace treaty has been signed, though China has normalized relations with the U.S. and South Korea. Sixty years after the outbreak of the Korean War, the United States continues to have a strong military presence in South Korea including 24 military bases and 28,500 military personnel.

The need for a peace treaty is part of a larger political issue of not only bringing peace to a divided Korean peninsula but also developing a regional framework that provides a means for resolving conflicts and promoting peace in Northeast Asia. East Asia has historically been considered a dispute-ridden region in which the countries participating in the Six Party Talks (U.S., Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea, and Japan) account for nearly 65 percent of the worldĄŻs military spending. With military spending increasing in this region, there is no room for peace in East Asia nor peaceful relations between North and South Korea.

Scholars and experts who have worked on military spending and East Asia regional security issues from the U.S., Korea, China, and Japan will hold a special discussion on the current military issues facing each country and how it affects the overall need for peacebuiliding.

Following the discussion we will be walking to the White House and holding a candlelight vigil for the steadfast hope for peace in Korea.

Sponsoring organizations: National Association of Korean Americans, Institute for Policy Studies (Foreign Policy in Focus), and SaSaSe-Washington (Koreans for Peace)

Co-Sponsoring: Washington Peace Center, June 15 Committee for Peace and Reunification (U.S. Committee), Korean Committee for Democracy and Reunification, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, National Campaign to End the Korean War, the World Student Christian Federation of the North American Region, World Student Christian Federation of the Asia-Pacific Region, Veterans for Peace NYC, Network for Okinawa

Part I: Workshop
When: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 5:30-7 PM
Where: the Conference Room @ Institute of Policy Studies

Part II: Candle Light Vigil
When: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 from 7:30-9 PM
Where: In front of the White House, Lafayette Park

(Office) 7/11/2011