CALD Resolution No. 2 S. 2017

August 18, 2017 6:53 am Published by Leave your thoughts

CALD resolution expressing grave concern on the escalating tensions between United States and North Korea

 The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD):

Aware that on 4 and 28 July 2017, North Korea test-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM) into the Sea of Japan, drawing strong condemnation from a number of countries;

Mindful that the strong reaction of the United States to the 28 July missile test was due to the fact that it proves that North Korea has the capability to attack mainland United States, given its expanded nuclear capabilities to fit a miniaturized nuclear warhead onto a missile;

Aware that on 5 August 2017, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) unanimously approved United States-drafted sanctions against North Korea that include a ban on coal, iron, lead and other exports worth approximately US$ 1 billion;

Concerned that the on-going heated exchange of words between American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could lead to an unintended conflict escalation;

Cognizant that the delegates to the CALD Women’s Caucus Conference who assembled in Taipei, Taiwan on 11-12 August 2017, convinced that wars affect the entire humanity, including women and children, initiated the drafting of this resolution;

Recalling with appreciation the UNSC resolutions on women, peace and security such as 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2122 (2013) and 2242 (2015);


Condemns North Korea for its provocative missile launches which defy previous UNSC resolutions on the matter and threaten global peace and security;

Commends the UNSC for its prompt response to the most recent missile launches of North Korea, and encourages UNSC permanent members to continue to work together in ensuring that North Korea complies with all the international agreements relating to nuclear non-proliferation;

Urges the leaders of United States and North Korea to tone down their fiery rhetoric, to refrain from taking actions which may further escalate tensions, and to exhaust all diplomatic means to find a peaceful solution to the conflict;

Reaffirms the commitment of Asian liberals and democrats to nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful resolution of disputes, as well as to the non-use of threat or force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state; and

Reiterates its firm belief that women, the segment of the population greatly affected by wars, should be more involved in the decision-making process regarding these matters, given the conclusive evidence which shows that women’s contributions to political issues lessen tensions, build trust and establish the foundation for a more peaceful world.

For the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats:

Abhisit Vejjajiva
CALD Chairperson

Kiat Sittheeamorn
CALD Secretary General

16 August 2017

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