In pursuit of peace and collective prosperity in the Korean Peninsula (Conclusion)

Published July 18, 2021, 12:12 AM

by Former Speaker Of The House Jose De Venecia Jr


Jose de Venecia Jr.
Former Speaker of the House

The Asian, European, African, Latin American, Australian, and US parliaments could organize a program and send delegations to the North Korea legislature, their Ministers of Agriculture and Tourism might interact with their North Korean counterparts to look into the recurring causes of famine in the north and to develop jobs-creating and foreign exchange-earning tourism there.

The large Chinese, Russian, and Western industries can look into North Korea’s hydrocarbons, mining, and hydro-electric potential.

Reverend Moon and Mother Moon’s goodwill in Pyongyang

May we point out that the late Reverend Moon and Dr. HakJa Han Moon over the years have built genuine goodwill in Pyongyang and among the Koreans in the north and donated their much appreciated hotel and erstwhile automobile factory that they established there to the North Korean government and people, among many other philanthropies in various parts of the world.

Transfer of ICAPP Secretariat from Manila to Seoul

In 2006, as our small, humble contribution in helping encourage direct talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, we transferred from Manila to Seoul the Secretariat of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), which we founded and established in Manila in September, 2000 and of which we are chairman of its Standing Committee up to now.

The ICAPP Secretariat is now most active in Seoul and headed by Secretary General Cho Byung-jae, an experienced South Korean diplomat, and by my co-chairman, now South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong.

We are pleased to inform you that since we formed ICAPP in Manila in 2000, it now counts some 350 ruling, opposition, and independent parties from 52 countries in Asia, and the Korean Workers Party of North Korea is a member of ICAPP.

Proposals for peace in the Korean Peninsula

We believe that over and above the giving up of its nuclear weapons, it would be realpolitik to expect that North Korea would hope for an iron-clad Omnibus Agreement leading to a Permanent Peace Treaty, with the South and the US that could likely include the following, as we already pointed out in our earlier conferences:

  1. North Korea (The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, DPRK) and South Korea (Republic of Korea, ROK), as separate independent republics, but perhaps connected together by a loose confederation, until at some point in the near or distant future, they can consider uniting like the two Vietnams or the two Germanys;
  1. Withdrawal of large North Korean and South Korean troops from the areas of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the 38th Parallel to make the DMZ really demilitarized;
  1. Development of a concrete formula for South-North Confederation where the two Koreas will be separate and independent but develop common inter-dependent synergies until they can set-up a Union in 15 to 25 years or earlier;
  1. Develop inter-Korea commercial flights, highways, and a common railway system for the two Koreas from Pusan at the end of the Korean South facing Japan to North Korea’s Yaluborder with China, which, it is hoped, will interlink with the Trans-Siberian Railway to Russia and to Europe;
  1. Develop close political and economic relations between North and South and with China, Japan, the US, Russia, and ASEAN and work with the UN system and the global community;
  1. Develop and industrialize the North Korean economy and agriculture, put an end to the recurring causes of famine, expand the education system, and immediately open the region toactive tourism;
  1. North Korea or DPRK to immediately join ASEAN Plus 3 (Japan, China, South Korea) to become ASEAN Plus 4;
  1. Immediately organize an adequate development fund for compensating North Korea for terminating its nuclear weapons and delivery system, which fund shall be used for the North’s economic and social development and augmentation of its national budget;
  1. Consider a state of neutrality for the two independent Koreas which shall actively interact with the regional and global economy so that the North, with its hydrocarbons potential, mining, and hydro-electric resources, etc., can join the South, which has already developed much earlier into a credible major economic power.

The challenges and opportunities of the future

Excellencies, friends: We in the Universal Peace Federation, International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace, and other civil society organizations must help tear down barriers towards a new future on the Korean Peninsula.           

We now need to move beyond containment and confrontation. We must join hands toward cooperation and collective prosperity.

There is no other option.

Thank you and good day.