Thursday, April 22, 2004
Santa Fe Forum Focuses on N. Korea
By Polly Summar
Journal Staff Writer
When Albuquerque attorneys Jennie Lusk and Eric Sirotkin joined a peace delegation to North Korea last fall, they didn't fully envision how much their interest in the country would grow.
Or that they would become the hub of the Korean Peace Project, an international effort to promote understanding between the United States and North Korea.
Toward that goal, the project is holding a conference called "Lessons From Korea: A Day of Peacemaking and Constructive Dialogue," from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Sunrise Springs Retreat Center, south of Santa Fe.
The conference is free (but a donation is requested) and is open to the public. Speakers will include historians, legal scholars, international human rights activists, peace activists and representatives from the Korean community.
Questions for discussion will include: What does the Korean standoff have to do with the war in Iraq? What makes peace in Korea fundamental in order to advance world peace? Why is this dispute still continuing after 50 years?
Lusk says last fall's trip to North Korea, arranged by the National Lawyers Guild, was an eye-opening experience for her.
"The U.S. has little presence there, but that does not mean that the Swedes, Scots, Australians, Africans and others are not on the ground doing business, building economical and political ties," Lusk says. "We should have a national position in favor of fostering those ties especially as those ties foster peace."
Both attorneys are returning to North Korea this year. Lusk will lead a delegation of female lawyers on Aug. 31, and Sirotkin's delegation will leave for North Korea and South Korea, on Oct. 2.
For more information, contact the project's Web site, www.nlg.org/korea, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
For directions to the Sunrise Springs Retreat Center, call (505) 471-3600. Lunch is available at the center.