SEOUL, South Korea will continue its efforts to help victims of Japan's wartime sexual slavery restore their honor and dignity, while actively joining the global initiative against war violence against women, a senior diplomat has told a U.N. panel.

Second Vice Foreign Minister Lee Tae-ho made the remarks during an open debate on women, peace and security under the United Nation Security Council (UNSC) held in New York on Tuesday, saying South Korea will commemorate the issue as a historical lesson, according to the foreign ministry.

Lee also said that South Korea will provide US$8 million for an anti-war violence campaign and increase participation in peacekeeping operations.

Seoul plans to host an annual international meeting on the topics of women, peace and security in July, the first for an Asian country.

Lee met with U.N. officials, including Pramila Patten, the U.N. Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, for talks on various issues concerning Korea and other countries.

He expressed gratitude for UNSC's backing of Seoul's policy on the Korean Peninsula and called for continued support for the peace process and North Korea's denuclearization, the ministry said.

Source: Yonhap news Agency