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Women leaders urge UN chief to press for Korea peace treaty

Women leaders from 38 countries are urging U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to fulfill a promise he made in 2007 to start a peace process that would turn the armistice that ended the Korean war into a peace treaty before his term ends on Dec. 31.

The Korean Peninsula remains in a technical state of war because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

A letter signed by 132 women and 22 South Korean women's and peace organizations urged Ban to initiate the peace process with the U.N. Security Council and aim to conclude it by 2018, "the 70th anniversary of Korea's division into two separate states."

The letter, dated Tuesday, was released at a press conference attended by several women activists.