Oct. 8, 1952
Photo Credit: U.S. Army graphic
Armistice negotiations recessed because of a deadlock on the issue of repatriation of POWs. While the Geneva Convention of 1949 mandates immediate repatriation of POWs after hostilities end, the U.S. decides to press for allowing POWs to chose whether they will be repatriated. The U.S. Takes this position because screening of enemy POWs has revealed that tens of thousands of them are either South Korean conscripted into the KNPA or Nationalist veterans of the Chinese Civil War drafted into the PLA after the communist victory in that war. These POWs do not want to go to North Korea of the PRC after hostilities end.
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