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A Korean War memorial will be built in New Delhi to commemorate India’s role in the war which ended in an armistice in 1953.

“India and South Korea have agreed on building the war memorial. Administrative processes are on,” South Korean Ambassador in India Shin Bongkil said. He was speaking at a seminar organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation on Tuesday.

He said the proposal was initiated by the Indian Korean War Veterans Association and the Delhi government had already designated a place to build the memorial.

Asked who would fund the construction of the memorial, Mr. Shin said the South Korean government would be happy to contribute. Technical details like design and other aspects are yet to be worked out and the memorial is expected to be ready by end of next year.

21 countries

There were 21 countries which participated in the Korean War from 1950-53 of which 16 countries had sent combat troops. India sent medical teams and a custodian force to deal with the Prisoners of War (PoW).

“India played a neutral role in the war. They contributed in a peaceful manner to end the Korean War,” Mr. Shin observed.

As of now, there are Korean War memorials in about 20 countries around the world which had played a role in the war.

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