Asian journalists calls out, adopts “2024 Baengnyeong Island Freedom and Peace Declaration”

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Asian journalists stood in front of the Cheonan Ship 46 Brave Men Monument in Baengnyeong Island after adopting the declaration for peace and freedom.

INCHEON: The Asia Journalists Association (AJA) comprised of journalists from 40 Asian countries today (Monday) calls out and adopts the “2024 Baengnyeong Island Freedom and Peace Declaration” with one voice to protect peace and freedom on the Korean Peninsula.

The declaration was read by AJA President, Ashraf Abdul Yazid from Egypt and Senior Vice-President Norila Daud from Malaysia in the presence of 15 other Asian journalists who had gathered on the island to pursuit peace, stability and freedom of the Korean Peninsula.

The Declaration reads: “We oppose the situation where Baengnyeong Island becomes a flashpoint for Inter-Korean confrontation and actively strive to make it a bridgehead for permanent peace.

“We actively promote and prepare solutions so that Baengnyeong Island, a treasure trove of natural resources can become a premium tourism center that captures the hearts of people in Korea, Asia and all over the world.

“We foster tangible and intangible core values so that Baengnyeong Island can grow into the frontline core area in the era of reunification of the Korean Peninsula. We will do our utmost to develop the best content that will help transform Baengnyeong Island into a transit port for West Sea trade in the Northeast Asia.”

Meanwhile, Baengnyeong Island situated in the northern most Island in the West Sea of South Korea serves as a military stronghold, monitoring and observing North Korea’s Hwanghae Province from a distance of 10km. 24 hours a day and 363 days a year.

Historically, the North and South Korea had experienced numerous maritime conflicts. With patriotism, the Republic of Korea Navy and Marine Corps are protecting the seas of the nation, even amidst heightened military tensions

On 26th March 2010 at 21:22, Cheonan (PCC-722) one of South Korea’s naval ships conducting a maritime operation at 2.5km away from southwest of Baengnyeong Island sank due to an explosion under the sea.

The impact then made the hull separated into head and tail sections and among 104 crews 40 were killed and six others missing although the US Navy had helped in the search.

As the conclusion of the incident, experts from US, UK, Australia and Sweden noted that Cheonan (PCC-772) sank due to Torpedo made by North Korea.

“Consequently North Korea true colours were shown all over the world by discovery of savage, cruel provocation,” a note of Cheonan Ship 46 Brave Men Monument in Baengnyeong Island reads.

 “To acknowledge our future generations of this tragedy and to remember North Korea’s savagery and honorable sacrifice of 46 men lost in Cheonan, our forces have established a monument where it overseas the place of attack,” the note reads. -Malaysia World News

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