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North and South Korean church leaders issue call to peace

Updated: June 25, 2018 at 6:29 am EST  See Comments

A two-day historic meeting involving church leaders from both the North and South of the Korean Peninsula has ended in Geneva with the Ecumenical Forum for Peace, Reunification and Development Cooperation on the Korean Peninsula (EFK) issuing a call to “Seek Peace and Pursue It.”

“In order to enhance the political environment for realisation of the commitments made at the Panmunjom Summit and the subsequent DPRK-US Singapore Summit, we appeal for all countries to refrain from the confrontation and militarisation in the region”, the EFK said in its statement at the end of the meeting on 23 June 2018.

“In addition, in order to remove obstacles to development cooperation in the spirit of the Panmunjom Declaration, we call for the economic sanctions against the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) to be lifted immediately,” the EFK said.

Members of the Korean Christian Federation (KCF) from the DPRK and the National Council of Churches of Korea, from the Republic of Korea, sat at the same table during the meeting.

The EFK met in the Swiss city on 22-23 June, in the year of the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC) which convened the meeting the day after Pope Francis visited the council and met North and South Koreans at the Ecumenical Centre.

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