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July 5, 1995
Re "His Korean War Lasted a Lifetime," June 23: K. Connie Kang's story about Chang-Ho Cho, the first South Korea POW to escape from North Korea after 43 years of ordeal in that country, though truly amazing, is but one of innumerable accounts of Korean tragedies emanating from the Korean War of 1950-53. As was pointed out in the story, the Korean peninsula is still technically under war since a peace treaty to end the war has never been signed, thus indefinitely prolonging all sorts of human agonies resulting from the war. If a peace treaty had already been signed, it would have ended the ordeal of Chang-Ho Cho along with many other untold Korean tragedies.
May 31, 1988 | From Reuters
Belgium and the Colombian province of Boyaca have formally ended a war declared by a lovesick general 121 years ago, with nary a bullet fired. Gen. Jose Santos Guttierez went home from studies at the Belgian university of Louvain with a broken heart after a local girl rejected his love. Seeking vengeance on her country, he declared war on Belgium in 1867 as soon as he became ruler of then-independent Boyaca.
November 19, 2006
Re "Toll mounts in Mexico's drug war," Nov. 14 For the drug war, there is a simple and relatively easy solution to end the violence caused by it: legalization. The legalization of now-illegal drugs would allow us to regulate, control and tax the in-demand products. When is the last time you had a story about a liquor dealer shooting his liquor distributor? Probably about 1933, the year that ended the disaster known as Prohibition. Our war on drugs is not winnable. Wars on poverty or drugs cannot be won. Who is going to surrender and sign the peace treaty?
May 9, 1986
The campaign by Latin American diplomats to draw up a peace treaty for Central America has been given up for dead many times in the last three years, but only in the United States. Latin political leaders understand the consequences of continued warfare in Central America better than their counterparts in Washington.
December 18, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater
BEIT JALA, West Bank - Israel and the Palestinians should be able to reach a basic "framework agreement" for peace by the end of April and a full peace treaty within a year after that, the chief Palestinian negotiator said Wednesday. In a generally optimistic assessment of a peace process that many see as quixotic, Saeb Erekat said a framework agreement would include a general accord on core issues, but would leave the details of implementation to a final treaty. “April 29 is time for a framework agreement,” Erekat told foreign reporters in this West Bank town near Bethlehem.
August 23, 1999
Re "North Won't Deal While U.S. Troops Stay," Commentary, Aug. 16: We should listen and act on Hwal Woong Lee's assertion that it is the strong U.S. military presence in South Korea that forms a major barrier to reunification and peace on the Korean peninsula. U.S. taxpayers have carried this burden too long. If South Korea still needs our soldiers to stop a North Korean invasion through the Seoul corridor they do not deserve our continued support. It is time the 1953 armistice was replaced with a peace treaty and the Forgotten War brought to a final closure.
Israel and Jordan, consolidating what President Clinton called a "warm peace" between former enemies, announced on Monday joint economic and environmental projects intended to give their citizens a tangible dividend from the end of 46 years of hostility. Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Jordan's Crown Prince Hassan completed work on the measures in a meeting at the White House with Clinton and other U.S. officials.
July 12, 1998
Re "Marchers Vow to Beat Blockade in N. Ireland," July 6: The blockade on Garvaghy Road is a great testament to the apparent desire of Tony Blair's and Mo Mowlam's government to create a real peace in Northern Ireland. Any lasting peace will exist only when Protestant Orangemen realize that they can no longer trample upon their Catholic neighbors. The Orangemen's historic march on Garvaghy Road, which they have persisted upon despite the availability of other routes, is designed not to celebrate an ancient military victory, but to assert dominance of their culture over another.
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