SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held the second meeting of the joint management committee for the Kaesong industrial complex, Seoul's Unification Ministry said Tuesday.
Delegates from both sides began the second meeting for the Kaesong committee as of 10 a.m. local time in Kaesong, just north of the heavily armed border, to discuss when to reopen the joint factory park fully and how to manage it.
After finishing the plenary session in the morning, the two delegations have been making opinion coordination separately as of 2:20 p.m., an official at the ministry said by phone.
Seoul and Pyongyang agreed in principle to normalize the joint industrial zone in mid-August, but they had yet to agree on the full reopening date, which was widely expected to be discussed during the second meeting.
Some expected the factory park to be reopened fully before the three-day Chuseok holiday that falls on Sept. 19 this year if the two Koreas agree on the way of developing the factory park in a constructive way.
"Based on the results of the first joint committee meeting and separate sub-committee meetings, every effort will be made to create environment for our companies to do business activities in a more convenient and easygoing way," Kim Kiwoong, Seoul's chief delegate and co-chairperson of the joint management committee, told reporters before leaving for the dialogue venue.
Last week, the two Koreas held the first meeting of the joint committee and separate working-level meetings for four sub- committees. The joint committee will give Seoul an equal say on the management of the factory park, which had been operated solely by Pyongyang.
South Korea and the DPRK restored a military hotline along the west coasts starting from Sept. 6, one of Seoul's preconditions for fully reopening the industrial zone as the line was used to permit passage to and from Kaesong of South Korean personnel.
South Korean personnel to repair and manage facilities in the factory park may be allowed to stay in Kaesong starting from Wednesday at the earliest as the military hotline was restored.
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