De Venecia’s help in easing Korean tensions sought


Former Nepal Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has asked former Philippine Speaker Jose de Venecia and the South Korean founder of the Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon to “help contribute efforts to reduce tension in the war-threatened Korean Peninsula”,  acknowledging the goodwill they have earlier built in North Korea.

The leader of the Marxist Wing of the Nepal Communist Party, Nepal also lauded the former Chairman of the Universal Peace Federation, the late Dr. Sun Myung Moon and his widow, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon for earlier donating a hotel and automobile factory in Pyongyang to the North Korean government and people.

Just back from a successful visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Nepal and his colleague, senior parliamentarian Ek Nath Dhakal, who is married to a Filipina, urged an Asian-American group to visit Pyongyang to push efforts to diminish the dangerous crisis on both sides of the 38th Parallel.

They held meetings with the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly Kim Yong Nam and the Vice-Chairman of the Korean Workers Party Committee Ri Sur Yong and advocated quiet diplomacy among Asian and North Korea’s leaders and parliamentarians, people-to-people and businessmen’s visits to help “end the continuously threatening Korean crisis,” with its potential to lead to atomic war.

Earlier, de Venecia, Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) and of the International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), former Premier Nepal and the UPF, headed by its American President Thomas Walsh and its regional head, Nepal Parliamentarian Ek Nath Dhakal proposed the Asian-American peace mission in “Track 2 diplomacy” to Pyongyang.

De Venecia, Nepal and Dhakal are members of the Seoul and Manila-based ICAPP, with its more than 300 ruling, opposition and independent political parties in Asia which includes North Korea’s lone political organization, the Korean Workers Party (KWP). They hoped to meet with the North’s KWP.

De Venecia urged direct talks once and for all among the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) President Kim Jong Un, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and possibly U.S. President Donald Trump, who earlier hinted he could attend such a meeting. Their ministers later could be joined by representatives of China, Russia and Japan, which are all members of long-suspended 5-Nation Talks on the Korean issue, he said.

De Venecia pointed out “there is no substitute for direct talks between South Korea and North Korea,” assisted by the U.S. and China, as needed.

Nepal pointed out since the Korean War ended in 1953 with the Korean Armstice that permanently severed Korea at the waist in the 38th Parallel but which was not a formal peace treaty, tensions, incidents and mobilizations for war have continued to bedevil the Korean peninsula.

In 1989, de Venecia, as Chairman of the Philippine House Foreign Relations Committee, met with North Korean founder and President Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang, which led to Philippine-North Korean diplomatic relations and an assurance in writing by the North Korean leader not to support the Philippine New People’s Army (NPA), which was well-received by then President Corazon Aquino and then Foreign Secretary Raul Manglapus.

A year later, Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party leader Kanemaru visited Pyongyang, followed later by the former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

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