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Vice Minister Visits United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea

Last updated: 10.04.2013 // Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Torgeir Larsen visited the United Nations Memorial Cemetery in Korea (UNMCK) yesterday to pay his respects.

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, Norwegian UN Secretary General Trygve Lie asked for troops to come to the aid of the hard pressed Republic of Korea. Norway answered the call and sent a medical unit, a field hospital, organized as a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). 623 Norwegian men and women served at the Norwegian MASH (NORMASH). One Norwegian is buried at the cemetery and a Norwegian memorial has also been erected at the memorial site.

Mr Larsen was greeted at the gate by the Director of International Affairs, Mr Leo Demay and Custodian Ambassador of UNMCK, Mr Lee Kwangjae. They walked to the Norwegian memorial where a short ceremony was held. The State Secretary laid a wreath at the monument. This was followed by a moment of silence. After the ceremony Mr Larsen took a tour of the cemetery and the signing of the book of visitors.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. In July a Norwegian delegation of Korean War veterans will arrive in Seoul to participate in the commemoration events to be held.

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