On the 66th Anniversary of the Armistice Signing, More Than 80 Organizations Call for an End to the Korean War

July 27, 2019 

Dear President Trump: 

We are writing to you on behalf of organizations around the world, many that have long worked for peace on the Korean Peninsula. 

On the 66th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement that temporarily halted the Korean War, we urge you to finally negotiate a peaceful settlement to the longest standing U.S. conflict. 

This unresolved war has resulted in the extreme militarization of the Korean Peninsula and taken a significant toll on the lives of millions of people, keeping families torn apart and survivors of the war unable to reconcile the painful past. 

Now that high level trust has been established between you and Chairman Kim, it’s time to declare an end to the Korean War and replace the Armistice with a peace agreement. We urge you to take this crucial step in order to move towards achieving a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula. 

Furthermore, at the first summit between the two Koreas, President Moon and Chairman Kim committed to negotiating a peace agreement, ​declaring​, “​there will be no more war and a new era of peace has begun on the Korean peninsula​.” In the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, they committed to “actively promote the holding of trilateral meetings involving the two sides and the United States, or quadrilateral meetings involving the two sides, the United States and China with a view to replacing the Armistice Agreement with a peace agreement and establishing a permanent and solid peace regime.” 

The United States must respect the wishes of the Korean people and their governments by negotiating a peace agreement, which would take the threat of war off the table and improve the security of Koreans, Americans and the global community. 

To ensure the success of the peace process, we urge you to establish a process that includes women’s equal participation. Research shows that when women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreements are more successful and durable. Women’s meaningful involvement in peace processes is a commitment of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 of 2000 and the U.S.’s Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017. 

It’s time to move forward and finally bring closure to seven decades of war. A brighter future for Koreans, Americans and the world depends on it. 

Respectfully yours, 

Abigail E. Ruane, WILPF, International 

Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ, International

Liz Bernstein, Nobel Women’s Initiative, International

Youngmi Cho, Korean Women’s Movement for Peace, Republic of Korea 

Ahile Barnabas, Charles & Doosurgh Abaagu Foundation, Nigeria 

Alexandria Kazmerik, Canadian Council of Young Feminists, Canada

Altantsetseg Noosgoi, School of International Relations & Public Administration, Mongolia

Álvaro Jiménez Millán, Colombian Campaign to Ban Landmines, Colombia 

Amal El Bekri, RAPAD Maroc, Morocco

Ann Wright, Retired US Army Colonel and Diplomat, Veterans for Peace, United States

Benson Attah, Community Emergency Response Initiative, Nigeria 

Beth Woroniuk, The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Canada

Carolyn Scarr, Ecumenical Peace Institute/CALC, United States

Cecili Thompson Williams, Beyond the Bomb, United States 

Choon Shik Lim, Korea Mission of PC, United States

Cindy Wiesner, Grassroots Global Justice, United States

Crispin Bilo, Aube Nouvelle Pour la Femme et le Développement (ANFD), Democratic Republic of Congo

Darynell Rodríguez Torres, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), The Netherlands 

David Hartsough, Peaceworkers, United States

Debbie Stothard, ALTSEAN-Burma, Burma 

Dragana Sarengaca, Nansen Dialogue Centre Serbia, Serbia

Edwina Hughes, Peace Movement Aotearoa, New Zealand

Emily Rubino, Peace Action New York State, United States 

Enzo Cursio, UN-FAO Nobel Alliance for Food Security and Peace, International

Gertrude Kenyangi, Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN), Uganda

Gordana Subotic, Association Dea Dia, Serbia

Grace Lee, Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Canada

Hisae Ogawa, CODEPINK, Ogawa, Japan 

Iain Overton, Action on Armed Violence, United Kingdom

Igballe Rogova, Kosovo Women’s Network, Kosovo

Jaehak Lee, WDF, Republic of Korea

Jang Sun Hwa, Korean Women’s Alliance, Republic of Korea    

Janis Alton, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Canada

Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan, Blue Banner, Mongolia 

김정호, 민화협, Republic of Korea

Jennifer Deibert, Mennonite Central Committee, United States

Jeongsoo Kim, Women Making Peace, Republic of Korea

Jodie Evans, CODEPINK, United States

Joni van de Sand, MenEngage Global Alliance, United States

Jung-A Lee, Kyunggi Women’s Associations United, Republic of Korea 

Justine Kwachu Ngum Kumche, Women in Alternative Action (WAA), Cameroon

Kelly Campbell, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, United States 

Liza Maza, Gabriela Women’s Alliance, Philippines 

Lukudu William, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), South Sudan

Mabel Bianco, Fundacion para Estudio e Investigación de la Mujer, Argentina 

Maja Vitas Majstorovic, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), The Netherlands

Mary E. Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER), United States

Mary-Ellen Francoeur, Pax Christi Toronto, Canada 

Dr. Mary-Wynne Ashford, Physicians for Global Survival, Canada 

Mavic Cabrera Balleza, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, United States

MayaKatsitadze, International Center on Conflict and Negotiation (ICCN), Georgia 

Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK, United States

Meehyang Yoon, The Korean Council for Justice and Remembrance for the Issues of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, Republic of Korea

Megumi Komori, The International Movement Against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism, Japan

Melissa Weale, Voices of Women for Peace, Canada 

Meri Joyce, Peace Boat, Japan

Mi Kyung Han, Korean Women’s Alliance, Republic of Korea

Michele Di Paolantonio, AIMPGN Italian Medical Association for the Prevention of Nuclear War, Italy

Myung Ji Cho, KANCC, United States

Neema Namadamu, SAFECO – Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations, Democratic Republic of Congo

Nighat Said Khan, ASR Resource Centre and the Institute of Women’s Studies Lahore, Pakistan 

Noor Ul Ain, Pakistan Red Cross, Pakistan

Patricia Talbot, The United Church of Canada, Canada 

Patrick Hiller, War Prevention Initiative, United States

Pamhidzai Thaka, ECLF, Zimbabwe

Park Jung Eun, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, Republic of Korea

Paula Banerjee, The Sanskrit College and University, India 

Pat Cunningham, Missionary Society of Saint Columban, Republic of Korea

Petra Tötterman Andorff, The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, Sweden

Priscilla M Achakpa, Women Environmental Programme, Nigeria  

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office, United States 

Rasha Jarhum, Peace Track Initiative, Canada

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, Acronym Institute for Disarmament Diplomacy/ICAN, United Kingdom

Rola Hallam, CanDo, United Kingdom 

Rose Othieno, Center for Conflict Resolution/GPPAC ECA, Uganda

Ruby Khalifah, The Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN), Indonesia

Sarah Jewell, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa-USA, United States

Sharada Adhikari, Women Empowerment Against Poverty of Nepal, Nepal

Shawn Kim, One Heart for Justice, United States 

Shireen Huq, Naripokkho, Bangladesh

Shirine Jurdi, MENAPPAC/GPPAC, Lebanon

Susannah Choi, National YWCA of Korea, Republic of Korea

Sybille Fezer, Medica Mondiale, Germany                                  

Uma Mishra-Newbery, Women’s March Global, Switzerland 

Vana Kim Hansen, LA Korean Peninsula Neutralization, United States

Visaka Dharmadasa, Association of War Affected Women, Sri Lanka 

Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan, Nonviolence International Canada, Canada

Youngdong Lee, KCRC, Republic of Korea