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B7-0362/2010

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CRE 17/06/2010 - 7.13

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MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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14.6.2010
PE441.944v01-00
 
B7-0362/2010

to wind up the debate on the statement by the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

pursuant to Rule 110(2) of the Rules of Procedure


on the situation in the Korean Peninsula


Heidi Hautala, Barbara Lochbihler, Gerald Häfner, Raül Romeva i Rueda on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group

European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Korean Peninsula  
B7‑0362/2010

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its previous resolutions relating to the Korean Peninsula,

–   having regard to United Nations Security Council resolutions 1718 (2006) and 1874 (2009),

–   having regard to Council Decision 2009/1002/CFSP of 22 December 2009,

–   having regard to the statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton on the publication of the report on the sinking of the Republic of Korea Ship Cheonan of 20 May 2010,

–   having regard to the Universal Peer Report of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on 7 November 2009,

–   having regard to the resolution of the UN Human Rights Council of 25 March 2010 on the ‘Situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’,

–   having regard to Rule 110 of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas tensions on the Korean Peninsula have dramatically increased since the sinking of the Republic of Korea Ship Cheonan on 26 March 2010, with the tragic loss of 46 lives,

B.  whereas the conclusions of the work of the Joint Investigation Group composed of Korean and international experts, together with an independent assessment by the Neutral Nations Supervisory Committee present on the Korean Peninsula, present compelling evidence that the sinking of the vessel was caused by a torpedo of North Korean make,

C. whereas following the publication of the final report of the Joint Investigation Committee, the government of the Republic of Korea has stopped all relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, humanitarian aid for children and the operations of the Kaesong Industrial Complex excepted,

D. whereas the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has denied any involvement in the sinking of the Republic of Korea Ship Cheonan, and has threatened open war in case further sanctions are implemented by the RoK,

E.  whereas the Government of the Republic of Korea has requested the United Nations Security Council to investigate the case and come up with appropriate international measures against the DPRK and has declared that it would not return to the Six-Party Talks before appropriate measures had been taken towards the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,

F.  whereas the governments of the People’s Republic Of China and of the Russian Federation have not yet taken a clear position on the final report and conclusions of the work of the Joint Investigation Group,

G. whereas the armed forces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in another act of aggression have killed three Chinese nationals on the PRC-DPRK border on 4 June 2010,

H. whereas the EU strongly supports the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, with a resumption of the Six-Party Talks as an essential process for peace and stability in the region,

I.   whereas satellite images and various accounts by North Korean defectors substantiate that North Korea operates six political concentration camps, with over 150,000 political prisoners, and that when adding figures of all other categories of prisoners, like those forcibly repatriated from China, an estimated over 200 000 people are incarcerated in detention centres,

J.   whereas the practice of guilt by association results in entire families disappearing behind bars, including children and grand parents, and whereas these prisoners are exposed to grossest human rights violations, torture, starvation, hard labour and according to eye witnesses an estimated 100 000 might already have perished, often of exhaustion or untreated diseases,

K. whereas the whereabouts of hundreds of disappeared who have allegedly been abducted by North Korean authorities, including about 30 European women, remain unaccounted of,

L.  whereas large parts of the population suffer from systematic starvation and are in regular need of international food aid,

1.  Deeply regrets the tragic loss of life aboard the Republic of Korea Ship Cheonan and conveys its sympathy to the families of the killed, the Korean people and the authorities of the Republic of Korea in a spirit of solidarity and friendship;

2.  Acknowledges the conclusions of the final report of the Joint Investigation Group which relates to the sinking of the vessel caused by a North Korean torpedo, and firmly condemns the sinking as a provocative act against peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula;

3.  Expresses its support for the referral of the matter to the United Nations Security Council by the government of the Republic of Korea;

4.  Calls on the governments of the People’s Republic of China and of the Russian Federation, as permanent United Nations Security Council Members, to closely examine the final report and conclusions of the work of the Joint Investigation Group;

5.  Underlines the need for a return to the Six-Party Talks as a means to achieve the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula;

6.  Is of the opinion that openness for dialogue between the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is of vital importance to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula;

7.  Calls on the government of the DPRK to ensure access of all classes of its society to food and other basic necessities, to stop the policy of guilt by association, to liberate the tens of thousands of political prisoners, to put an end to executions and extrajudicial killings, forced labour, and torture and to allow its citizens to travel freely in and out of the country;

8.  Calls on the EU to appoint an EU special representative on North Korea to ensure persistent attention and coordination both within the European Union and with key partners such as the United States and South Korea; urges the EU to support international efforts to grant North Korean refugees asylum in EU Member States;

9.  Calls on the Members of the Security Council to work to establish a UN Commission of Inquiry to assess past and present human rights violations in North Korea to determine to which extent such violations and impunity associated with the abuse may constitute crimes against humanity and be subject to international jurisdiction;

10. Calls on the People’s Republic of China to stop all refoulement of North Korean refugees back to the DPRK, to allow the UNCHR unfettered access to those who manage to flee from the DPRK, to facilitate the resettlement in third countries and to grant North Korean women married to Chinese men legal resident status;

11. Calls on the European Commission to maintain existing humanitarian aid programmes and channels of communication with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as these aid programmes are directly linked to the living conditions of the people in the DPRK;

12. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Council, the Commission, the Member States, the Governments of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the United Nations Secretary-General.

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