Peace advocate group Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWPL) on Tuesday held a peace festival coincidently with the third summit between South Korea President Moon Jae-in and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.
The two Koreas have remained divided due to different political ideologies since 1948 when fighting was ceased but without a peace settlement.
President Moon and Chairman Kim met in Pyongyang to discuss denuclearisation and relaxation of tension in the Korean Peninsula.
The Peace Festival took place for the fourth time at a sport stadium in South Korea’s Incheon with the attendance of more than 200,000 people from both domestic and foreign countries.
HWPL chairman Man Hee Lee called upon people at the festival and around the world, notably political leaders, to support peace efforts in the Korean Peninsula.
Art performances at the festival on Tuesday sent a message of peace to the summit in Pyongyang, he said.
The Korean Peninsula is one of the world’s few remaining divided nations. Its armistice is a symbol of wars and conflicts that continue around the globe. “Therefore, peaceful unification of the peninsula will be the strongest predictor of the advent of global peace,” he said.
Performances by art groups at the festival involved traditional dances and light, conveying a message that the world should end all religious and ideological conflicts and move toward a future of harmony and coexistence.
Key political leaders from foreign countries to the festival included former Romanian president Emil Constantinescu, former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko, former Burundian president Domitien Ndayizeye and former Guyanan president Donald Ramotar.
“This generation must work to remove the division of Korea which is one of the consequences of the Cold War,” said Ramotar. “I hope to return to see the border, which now separates the two Koreas, has been turned into a line of unity of people and centuries.”
Ramotar also called for the elimination of nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula.