May 11, 2018 07:51 AM NPT
Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal (second from right) attending a function at Hotel Yak and Yeti on Thursday. Dinesh Gole/Republica
KATHMANDU, May 11: Top politicians, diplomats and social activists have lauded the recent historic peace deal signed between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea as part of efforts made to end the decades-long war between the two countries.
The two countries, which were at war for 65 years, last month struck a deal to bring end to hostilities as an effort to denuclearize the Korean peninsula. However, the final denuclearization would only take place following a deal between North Korea and the US.
Addressing a program organized by the Universal Peace Federation (UPF), an organization working for the world peace, Nepali leaders and civil society members congratulated the two countries for the historic deal.
They expressed hopes that the landmark agreement, which was signed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, would be a much-needed step for world peace.
Former Prime Minister and UML senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal hailed the peace deal as an unprecedented achievement.
“We have seen that missiles can be silenced. It shows us what kind of future we can expect for the world,” said Nepal, who had visited North Korea weeks before the deal.
Speaking at the event, Shova Gyawali, director of Nepal Republic Media, said that the involvement of Nepal’s former prime minister in helping the Korean Peninsula achieve peace is a welcome step.
She further said that Nepalis would always cheer for peaceful and prosperous Korean peninsula.
Dr Seuk II Jing, Special representative of UPF, urged the two countries to build consensus based on the progress made so far for lasting peace.
“If North Korea and South Korea work hard, a peaceful solution will be found soon.” He also appreciated Nepali leaders and advocates of peace for their efforts in peaceful solution to the Korean problem.
Kim Yong Hak, DPRK ambassador to Nepal, described the deal as a milestone.
“The declaration is a milestone in the world peace. It is the result of hard work and sincere patriotism of the Korean people,” he said.