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Friday, 9 February 2018

Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone

  |   Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea Polish President visits Demilitarised Zone in South Korea

Polish President Andrzej Duda, who on Friday visited the Demilitarised Zone in South Korea, met with representatives of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC).

 

The Polish head of state declared that on the UN Security Council forum "Poland wants to engage itself in the process aimed at de-escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula."

 

The demilitarised zone (DMZ) is a border barrier that divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. Created in 1953, it is over 200 kilometres long and 4 kilometres wide.

 

"We are still in South Korean territory, but in the demilitarised zone, very close to the demarcation line dividing the two Korean states, which have never signed a peace agreement after the Korean War. There is an armistice, there is a ceasefire, but a peace treaty has never been signed, and this is why UN forces, including Polish troops, are here," the Polish President said. See also: President Duda starts visit to South Korea

 

President Duda stressed that Poland "has been present in the Demilitarised Zone for over 60 years, to prevent the resumption of a military conflict between the two Korean states."

 

"A few minutes ago, I held a conversation with representatives of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC). Poland is a member of the commission, which supervises the armistice as in fact there has been no peace process," he added.

 

President Duda said that a few weeks ago peace dialogue was resumed.

 

"The dialogue has been resumed," he stressed, adding that testifying to this was "a partially joint team of the two Korean states for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games."

 

"And we are trying to find out what should be done here so that North Korea is no longer a threat, and how to solve the problem. In the coming two years Poland will be a UN Security Council member holding a vice-chairmanship of the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea, and this matter is among those on our agenda," the President declared.

 

President Duda added it was one of the subjects of his meeting with the South Korean President, Moon Jae-in. "And this is also our topic today in the demilitarised zone. (...) We are trying to find out how to prevent military conflicts," he went on to say.

 

Declaring that Poland was open to all South Korean suggestions regarding the armistice and the de-escalation of tension, President Duda stressed that the matter was very difficult. He admitted that there had been no open conflict for 60 years but that North Korea had continued its armaments process.

 

"The situation is dynamic and it is difficult to predict what can happen in this part of the world. It must be monitored," President Duda said, stressing that Poland supported the UN Security Council's "peace through law" motto as "there will be peace in the world if international law is observed." (PAP)

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