Czech soldiers and Korean Armistice. Hundreds participated in observation mission

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Vlastimil Picek visits ceremonies remembering 60th anniversary of Korean Armistice Agreement and end of fighting at Korean War. Former Czechoslovakia had become together with Sweden, Switzerland and Poland a member of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission as of 1953.

Czech Defence Minister Vlastimil Picek accepted invitiation of President of the Republic of Korea Pak Kun–hje to participate in ceremonies of reverence to remember 60 years of Korean Armistice Agreement which confirmed the ceasefire among parties involved in the Korean War.

More than 600 Czechoslovak soldiers had rotated in the observation mission from 1953 to 1990 operating at the Korean Demilitarised Zone established close to the 38th Parallel separating beligerent forces.

The 60th anniversary ceremonies were held close to the National Cemetery in Soul at the end of last last weekend. Crowds of war veterans not only Korean ones attended the event together with dozens of foreign guests.

In his address at the ceremony, Minister Picek highlighted the importance and work of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission and thanked Korean President Pak Kun-hje for invitation to the ceremonies.

Posted: July 31, 2013