HWPL calls for peace on Korean peninsula
Southern Times Writer
Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL), a non-governmental organisation that promotes world peace, has called for a peaceful solution to the North Korean nuclear problem saying it believes that a fundamental solution is needed to bring the threat of war to an end to protect not just Korea, but the entire universe.
In a statement, HPWL said the Korean peninsula has long been a powder keg and that North Korea was threatening not just Korea and the US, but the entire world with its nuclear missiles.
It said world’s leaders had voiced their concern for the security of the Korean peninsula and called for a peaceful solution.
The organisation noted that past South Korean administrations had addressed the North Korean nuclear issue with temporary measures, and the international community had imposed economic sanctions as part of efforts to contain the threats posed by North Korea.
“However, we believe a fundamental solution is needed to bring the threat of war to an end, to protect not just Korea, but the Earth, the most beautiful and flourishing planet in the universe.
“As a solution to the North Korean nuclear issue, we propose the 10 articles, 38 clauses of the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War,” it said.
HWPL proclaimed the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War (DPCW), consisting of 10 articles and 38 clauses, and this is currently under preparation to be submitted to the UN in the form of a draft resolution.
“These efforts are meaningful in that they are being made by a non-governmental organization working for peace at a global level,” HWPL said.
“We believe this DPCW could serve to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue that is threatening our world.”
The DPCW aims to prohibit acts of aggression and stipulates that States should not produce, assist in, encourage, or induce the production of weapons of mass destruction, especially chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, or weapons capable of causing indiscriminate or widespread and unnecessary suffering, or weapons incompatible with international humanitarian law.
The declaration also calls upon States to take measures to gradually dismantle or destroy such weapons, and to cooperate in disarmament.
HWPL said many women and youth organisations around the globe were collecting signatures in support of the declaration and that presidents, politicians, journalists, and religious leaders were showing their support by joining the signing campaign.
“We call on the government, politicians, the press, religious circles, and legal circles to recognize and support the DPCW, which could serve to resolve the current crisis,” it said.
HWPL said it was continuing its endeavours to have the DPCW adopted by the UN so that ultimately, “the international community would support and respect it”.
The organisation is hosting a peace summit in Seoul, South Korea, on 18 September this year, with over 200,000 participants including former and current heads of states, politicians, religious leaders, journalists, legal experts, and representatives of youth and women’s groups.
This year marks the third annual commemoration of the summit.
“Given the global crisis posed by North Korea’s nuclear threat, we believe the Summit is being held in the right place at the right time. HWPL is realizing what everyone has yearned for – peace and cessation of war – while going beyond nationalities, religions, and ideologies.
“However, an organisation called Christian Broadcasting System (CBS) is defaming and hindering HWPL’s peace work with rumours. Such anti-peace actions will be remembered to their disgrace. With the Korean Peninsula on the brink of war, it is time for all citizens to become one for peace.
“We strongly urge the Korean government, the press, legal and religious circles to actively participate in the effort to bring peace not only to the Korean Peninsula but to the world,” HWPL said.