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From Koje-do to Panmunjom: The problem of repatriation of prisoners of war during the Korean armistice negotiations

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1997
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The repatriation of prisoners of war during the Korean Conflict presented the greatest problem to the armistice negotiators trying to end the fighting. Problems arose in the interpretation of various articles of the Geneva Convention of 1949 as it related to prisoners of war. The Communist interpreted these articles to mean that prisoners of war had to be repatriated back to their country of origin. The United Nations position was that the intent of the Geneva Convention meant that prisoners of war had a choice. This war within a war prolonged the Korean Conflict for more than one year. As Admiral C. Turner Joy, chief UNC negotiator stated: "Voluntary repatriation cost us over a year of war and cost us our United Nations Command prisoners in Communist camps a year of captivity." Because of these negotiations, a precedent was set for future repatriation of POW's.
Title: From Koje-do to Panmunjom: The problem of repatriation of prisoners of war during the Korean armistice negotiations.
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Name(s): Poles, Joseph H.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
O'Sullivan, John, Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1997
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 196 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The repatriation of prisoners of war during the Korean Conflict presented the greatest problem to the armistice negotiators trying to end the fighting. Problems arose in the interpretation of various articles of the Geneva Convention of 1949 as it related to prisoners of war. The Communist interpreted these articles to mean that prisoners of war had to be repatriated back to their country of origin. The United Nations position was that the intent of the Geneva Convention meant that prisoners of war had a choice. This war within a war prolonged the Korean Conflict for more than one year. As Admiral C. Turner Joy, chief UNC negotiator stated: "Voluntary repatriation cost us over a year of war and cost us our United Nations Command prisoners in Communist camps a year of captivity." Because of these negotiations, a precedent was set for future repatriation of POW's.
Identifier: 9780591305937 (isbn), 15372 (digitool), FADT15372 (IID), fau:12139 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1997.
Subject(s): Prisoners of war--United States
Korean War, 1950-1953--Prisoners and prisons
Prisoners--Legal status, laws, etc
Korean War, 1950-1953--Forced repatriation
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