Seoul statement on Launching the Asia Europe Political Forum (AEPF)

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The 1st Meeting of the Asia Europe Political Forum (Seoul, July 9, 2017)

Among several Resolutions passed by the ICAPP Standing Committee at the Asia Europe Political Forum the following was unanimously passed giving the European Parliament Delegation on the Korean Peninsula and its Chairman, Nirj Deva MEP a leading Member of the ECR Political Group the support of 36 leading political parties from 23 countries in Asia in his efforts to create an agenda for Drafting a Peace Treaty between North and South Korea.

The ICAPP Resolution said “ICAPP Standing Committee supported the endeavors of the European Parliament Delegation on Korean Peninsula chaired by Nirj Deva, MEP in relation to the crisis in the Korean Peninsula.”


Press Release: Nirj Deva slams those involved in the  Korean Peninsula crisis as being myopic

Nirj Deva in a hard-hitting speech later said:

The border between South and North is a standing testament to failure. A failure of leadership, a failure of tenacity and a failure which may have deadly consequence for the future of East Asia and the international community. This is a failure in which we must all share. There are no winners, and only potentially great losers if matters are allowed to continue, as before.

I am astounded that what holds the fragile balance of this Peninsula is based on an armistice agreement signed in 1953. Normally, an armistice agreement – is a temporary cessation of hostilities.

I am astounded that after six decades that neither side has drawn up a peace treaty. Normally after an armistice there is usually a natural desire for a peace treaty. Turning 74 years of failure into success starts with accepting the need to create an agenda leading to the drafting of a lasting peace treaty. In the past two years, I have worked diligently to create such agenda, without preconditions, which respects the lasting concerns, the so called redlines which all six nations involved have. There have been relentless meetings with all the major parties involved.

Such a peace treaty should take account of the various redlines of all the major actors. This can only be achieved by shuttle diplomacy where the two principal antagonists North Korea and the United States come to understand each other’s needs and demands. Secondly the other four powers involved in this nuclear crisis needs to recognize the differentiation between having a nuclear bomb and having the ability to deliver it thousands of miles away. Building a bomb is less dangerous than its capacity to be delivered impelled by short term myopic goals.

I am truly grateful, particularly to you Sir, Distinguished Chairman of ICAPP Speaker Jose de Venecia for steering the Resolution you passed backed by 32 leading political parties from 23 different nations here in support of the work of the European Parliament on the Korean peninsula.

A process which could realise the securement and decommissioning of North Korean nuclear weapons and the peaceful mutual demobilisation of both sizeable armies, leaving Seoul, Pyongyang Washington and Tokyo markedly more secure.

As the North suffered under successive famines and economic depression, a belief emerged, predominantly in the South, that it was only a matter of waiting before collapsing led to a natural reunification. Given the climate of the time, as Communist states fell like dominos across Eastern Europe, it was a forgivable, if ultimately flawed belief.

On paper at least, both sides of the Korean Peninsula are firmly committed to the express principle of national unification. The South envisages this process as a policy of “trust building,”.

This process will cost money, but it is an investment in the future; in Korea’s future. Not for us here, today, but for the generations to come, it will mean stability, security, and peace.