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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

President visits Demilitarised Zone

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Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski Wednesday visited Panmunjom in the Demilitarised Zone cutting across the Korean Peninsula and separating North and South Korea, and the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission camp.

 

Visiting the Demilitarised Zone one can better see "the tragedy of a divided world and of the Korean people", President Komorowski said and stressed the zone was the effect of the Korean war and symbolised a divided world and nation like the Berlin Wall once did.

 

President Komorowski recalled that Poland actively participated in the work of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission and expressed hope that "the future lies in actions designed to integrate the world instead of dividing it with a line of mines in a demilitarised zone".

 

"For the Polish mind this has clear associations: the demarcation line, wire entanglements and guard towers are memories of an era which is fortunately over," President Komorowski said.

 

He added that "one should visit and touch such places to see how Polish and European matters have improved and realise that the rest of the world was still far from reaching such a level of mutual trust, respect, observance of national rights as well as democracy and freedom".

 

General Leszek Soczewica, the Polish representative at the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission, told PAP Panmunjom is visited twice a year by a Polish delegation, or more often when the need arises.

 

The Korean Demilitarised Zone separating North from South Korea is 241 kilometeres long and 4 kilometres wide. It is an area meant to buffer tension between the two countries, which are technically still at war with each other. The Military Demarcation Line (MDL), which was set under the Armistice Agreement in 1953, runs down the middle of the zone. (PAP)

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