'Canada bears humanitarian obligations towards Korean Peninsula'

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'Canada bears humanitarian obligations towards Korean Peninsula'

India Blooms News Service

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Toronto, Apr 18 (IBNS): John Bishop was one of hundreds of Canadians, sixty-six years ago this month, who had fought to keep the South Korean city of Seoul from falling back into North Korean hands, media reports said.

“I don’t think Canada, no matter what we did or could do, would change the situation at all,” Bishop said, after tensions had once risen in the Korean Peninsula, TorontoStarNews reports said.

About 41 percent of the North Korean population, estimated by some international aid agencies reports, were undernourished and roughly seven million people did not have access to clean drinking water.

Considering the suffering of the North Koreans and a similar risk for South Koreans if conflicts resume, Canada must act in order to keep up the legacies of sixty-six years back when 27,000 Canadians served in the war and 516 died, Doug Finney, Korean War veteran said.

“I can’t see us standing by now and not doing anything,” Finney was quoted as saying by TorontoStarNews reports.

Marius Grinius, who had served as Canada’s ambassador to both North and South Korea between 2005 and 2007, said he had been sharing all the information in Pyongyang with Canadian diplomats.

Although Canada cut off all diplomatic ties with North Korea during its previous Conservative government, Grinius said the legacy of Canada’s wartime contribution is still alive in the U.N. Korea command.

“We should be very interested in long term stability and security,” he was quoted as saying by TorontoStarNews reports.

Tina Park, a longtime scholar of Canada-Korea relations, and co-founder and executive director of the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and Canada said Canada does bear humanitarian obligations towards Korean Peninsula.

(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)

'Canada bears humanitarian obligations towards Korean Peninsula'

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