Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly on the Inter-Korean Summit


The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, welcomes the historic inter-Korean Summit held today in Panmunjeom, as well as the “Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula”, as a significant breakthrough in the efforts to bring lasting peace and stability to the Korean Peninsula.

The President congratulates the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea for their courage and commitment in engaging in an open dialogue and resolving their differences by political means. The President has been highlighting the importance of communication and diplomacy in the various meetings he has held with both sides throughout the 72nd session of the General Assembly. He recalls the spirit of collaboration that he saw at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, as demonstrated by the unified Korean team, and sees today’s Summit as the continuation of a positive trend.

The President encourages the two leaders to use this opportunity to make progress towards verifiable denuclearization and ultimately lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, by implementing the measures agreed upon to advance inter-Korean relations and alleviate military tension.

The President believes that it is in the interests of all Member States to work towards achieving peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and commends efforts of the international community in this regard.



Brenden Varma
Spokesperson for the President of the General Assembly
New York
27 April 2018