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Statement on Korean Peninsula

27 April 2018

So many long-held ecumenical hopes and dreams, so suddenly being affirmed together by the leaders of both Koreas! The World Council of Churches and the worldwide ecumenical movement join with all people of good will in celebrating the historic contributions made by today’s Inter-Korean Summit to the growing movement for peace and reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula. The reported commitment by both leaders to signing a peace treaty this year, formally ending the Korean War, if achieved, would be the realization of a call promoted by the National Council of Churches in South Korea, the Korean Christian Federation in North Korea, and the World Council of Churches for many years, but long dismissed as impossible by political ‘realists’. But peace IS possible. And the signing of a peace treaty to draw a line under that tragic chapter in the history of the Korean people will be the start, not yet the end, of the work for a sustainable and secure peace for current and future generations of people in the region.

That the leaders of North and South Korea have agreed to work together to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons will also inspire and strengthen the ongoing efforts of the WCC, its member churches, and their many partners to denuclearize the entire world, not just the Korean Peninsula. The continued existence of nuclear weapons anywhere is an intolerable threat to people everywhere.

We call for all governments and all people to join in encouraging and strengthening the momentum for peace that today’s events have helped build.

Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called children of God.

 

Geneva, 27 April 2018

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit

General Secretary

World Council of Churches