PRINTER'S NO. 1868
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE RESOLUTION
No.
351
Session of
2020
INTRODUCED BY MENSCH, COLLETT, BROWNE, ARGALL, BARTOLOTTA,
KILLION, J. WARD, PHILLIPS-HILL, PITTMAN, ARNOLD, COSTA,
BREWSTER, FONTANA AND TARTAGLIONE, JULY 29, 2020
REFERRED TO RULES AND EXECUTIVE NOMINATIONS, JULY 29, 2020
A RESOLUTION
Commemorating the 67th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
WHEREAS, The Korean War began June 25, 1950, when North Korea
invaded South Korea; and
WHEREAS, The Korean War officially ended July 27, 1953, in
Panmunjom, North Korea; and
WHEREAS, Eighteen official copies of the tri-language Korean
Armistice Agreement were signed by United States Army Lieutenant
General William K. Harrison, Jr., senior delegate of the United
Nations Command Delegation, North Korean General Nam Il, senior
delegate of the Delegation of the Korean People's Army, and the
Chinese People's Volunteers; and
WHEREAS, The document is somewhat exceptional since no nation
is a signatory to the Korean Armistice Agreement, a purely
military document; and
WHEREAS, Negotiations, leading to the execution of the Korean
Armistice Agreement, consisted of 158 meetings spread over two
years and 17 days; and
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WHEREAS, The Korean Armistice Agreement, constituting the
longest negotiated armistice in history, was effectuated at 10
p.m. on July 27, 1953, when the truce went into effect; and
WHEREAS, The Korean Armistice Agreement provided for a
suspension of open hostilities with both sides pledging not to
"execute any hostile act within, from, or against the
demilitarized zone," or enter areas under control of the other;
and
WHEREAS, A fixed demarcation line was established with a 4 km
(2.4 miles) buffer zone, the so-called demilitarization zone;
and
WHEREAS, A mechanism for the transfer of prisoners of war was
included in the Korean Armistice Agreement; and
WHEREAS, The Korean Armistice Agreement called for the
establishment of the Military Armistice Commission (MAC) and
other agencies to ensure that the truce held; and
WHEREAS, MAC is comprised of members from both sides and
still meets regularly in the truce village of Panmunjom; and
WHEREAS, Despite the relative peace since the war ended,
tensions remain high between the two Koreas; and
WHEREAS, The border between North and South Korea remains the
most heavily militarized frontier in the world; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the Senate commemorate the 67th anniversary of
the Korean War Armistice.
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