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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 6, 2020 11:54 AM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Resolution Commemorating the 67th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice
The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950 when the North Koreans invaded South Korea, officially ended on July 27, 1953 at 10 a.m., in Panmunjom, North Korea.  On that day, the United Nations Command Delegation, the Delegation of the Korean People's Army and the Chinese People's Volunteers signed 18 official copies of the tri-language Korean Armistice Agreement.
It was the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history which came about after 158 separate meetings spread over two years and 17 days.  That evening, at 10 p.m., the truce went into effect.  The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely a military document - no nation is a signatory to the agreement.
The agreement provided for:
  • A suspension of open hostilities,
  • A fixed demarcation line with a 4km (2.4 mile) demilitarization zone,
  • A mechanism for the transfer of prisoners of war,
  • Both sides pledged not to "execute any hostile act within, from, or against the demilitarized zone", or enter areas under control of the other.
  • The establishment of the Military Armistice Commission (MAC) and other agencies to ensure the truce held. 
To this day, the MAC, which comprises members from both sides, still meets regularly in the truce village of Panmunjom. Despite the relative peace since the war ended, tensions remain high between the two Koreas and their border remains possibly the most heavily militarized border in the world.  However, the end to the bloodshed has provided a lasting hope of eventual peace and has saved countless lives.
Please join me in cosponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR351